5 Signs That You Are Experiencing Burnout From A Job You Love – And How To Fix It
A few years ago, I finally achieved my dream of being a full-time writer. But after some time had passed, I realized I could not enjoy it. Something in me had turned off. After writing blog posts for my job, I went home and vegetated on the couch. I lost the energy to work out or cook meals or get drinks with friends. I still performed the duties of my job each day, but I forgot what drew me to writing in the first place.
With hindsight, I know that I was burnt out from an overwhelming workload of churning out words on ideas that were not challenging. But back then, I didn’t have the language for why I couldn’t focus. I thought I was just sleep-deprived and could fix my malady by resting more and working harder.
I was not alone. According to a 2018 survey of 1,000 U.S. employees, one in five highly engaged professionals is feeling burnout. Recently, the medical community caught up with calling burnout for what it is: a major work-prompted health concern and legitimate diagnosis…
Resiliency in the Workplace: How Being Your Vulnerable Self Leads to Growth
When most people think of resiliency, they imagine someone bouncing back after a big loss. But perhaps that’s an oversimplification. When I think of resiliency, I consider the men and women I’ve watched weather some of the toughest storms and come out stronger than ever.
Being resilient means using post-loss downtime to seek out honest feedback (from others and ourselves). Armed with the knowledge of how to better navigate future situations, we re-engage to strategically improve.
This kind of resilience is especially important in the workplace. We don’t make it as far without taking risks, and if the potential for failure doesn’t exist, we likely aren’t removing ourselves far enough from our comfort zones. To be resilient, we must say goodbye to the shoreline and sail into new seas. In fact, a 2016 study found that a lack of resilience drastically affects employees’ attitudes, attendance, and productivity. More broadly, it can affect every aspect of our lives….