It seems lately that every second conversation or media story is about how much stress, frustration and sheer exhaustion people feel in the workplace. Worries about competence and the value of work seem to be on the rise, too. Complaints about physical aches and pains, as well as the deterioration in previous healthy lifestyle habits, are multiplying.
Corporate cultures – make that workplace cultures – are built around different values and visions, which partly affect the way employees, colleagues and superiors interact during the workday. People also work in such varied physical environments – factory floors, cubicles, open-plan offices, and home offices, to name a few – that it is impossible to arrive at a one-size fits all approach to prevent or cure the emotional, physical and psychological exhaustion people are feeling on the job.
It is a complex problem with no easy solutions or fixes
For the individual on the brink of a burnout, this is a serious individual and societal health problem. Complaints broadly focus on:
Hard-working conscientious employees often cope with increased demands by working harder and longer. These employees often:
I’m sure some employers would have the view that some employees:
What can you do to help yourself?
Here is a sampling of some practical ideas to overcome challenging life-work difficulties, and to either avoid and or recover from a burnout.
I hope some of these can help you:
Sometimes, we are working in the ‘wrong’ place. The environment just doesn’t suit our personality. For example, if you are someone who values an egalitarian environment, and likes flexibility and creative work, then a rule-based, process-oriented and hierarchical culture is probably going to leave you unhappy. Some of us know from the outset what would make a good fit, but most of us learn from trial and error.
If you want to figure out and evaluate your options, it’s worthwhile talking it over with a coach. That's where I come in. The outside perspective can make a difference.
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