At first, we often put everything we have into a new job or project, only to quickly burn out in the coming months or years. Or at least that is how many of us end up, leaving us feeling as though maybe we weren’t cut out for the work to begin with, however, that isn’t actually the case.
The truth is, when we put so much of ourselves into a non-rewarding career path, eventually, we are bound for failure. And while it is easy to prevent ourselves from becoming burnt out, if we are unsure of what we are doing, or the cycle that leads to such a burnout, we may never be able to truly prevent it. If you are unsure of why you continue to find yourself feeling overworked, exhausted and tired of a job after job, then keep reading.
Symptoms of burnout according to the Mayo Clinic include:
1. Becoming angry, cynical or critical at work.
2. Encountering issues starting projects.
3. A lack of energy for one’s work tasks.
4. Lacking satisfaction from work.
5. Inability to concentrate.
6. Use of drugs or alcohol for completing works tasks.
So what causes such a burnout? Here are 8 reasons burnout happens:
1. Feeling like you have no control over your job.
When we feel trapped, out of control and like we have no way to progress in our careers, it can eventually cause us to become burned out. Due to this, we may lose interest in our jobs eventually, leaving us feeling as though we are going nowhere fast.
2. An inconsistent job environment.
When rules are unclear, and you are unsure of your job expectations, you will eventually get burned out. In order for employees to feel as though they are doing a good job, or getting satisfactory work done, we must understand what a good job is.
3. Overworking one’s self due to perfectionism.
Perfectionists may overdo themselves trying to prove their worth. In turn, burnout is sure to follow.
4. Lack of recognition for work.
Hard work deserves recognition, otherwise, employee’s may feel as though their career path is unrewarding. Because of this employee’s may become cynical in their work, or put forth less effort, because they feel as though there is no point in hard work.
5. Their bosses are unsupportive.
A lack of support and help during one’s career endeavors can also lead to burnout. In order to thrive, a proper support network is necessary.
6. Too much chaos at work.
Work should not be constant chaos and disarray. Yes, chaos happens, and some work environments have no other choice but to provide chaos from time to time. However, when there is nothing but chaos, it gets old, fast.
7. Too much pressure.
Working while under pressure can be rewarding sometimes, however, if it’s constant, it will not last. We need a reprieve in between hard work shifts to feel the rewards of our hard work.
8. Lack of benefits.
When we work hard in our chosen career path, we may feel a bit dismayed when we compare our employer’s to another employer if benefits fail in comparison. In turn, workers may feel as though they lack control over their lives, and in their work.