3 Easy Ways to Prevent Work Burnout

Nip Burnout Once and For All

Photo by bruce mars from Pexels
Photo by bruce mars from Pexels

3 Common reasons why you burnout at work

You Overwork for fear of Losing Your Job:

The fear of losing your job make you overwork because you equate overworking to keeping your job. This fear may stem from experiences you’ve had at a previous job, which you have now brought into your current job or the culture of your current workplace, which gives you grounds for that fear. Ideally what you should do is to start looking for employment elsewhere as staying on this job isn’t sustainable and would only lead to health issues.

No Work Life Integration:

Your job does not offer or support flexibility in any form. This could be very stressful as you find you can’t relax on the job because you’re stressed about home life and when home you’re stressed about work life. There is an imbalance and this would eventually lead to burnout.

You Find Your Job Boring:

If your job isn’t challenging and it’s monotonous, you’ll get bored and this can lead to burnout because you find yourself trying to do ‘busy work’ for the length of time you’re in the office and that in itself is very tasking mentally.

You’re on the way to burning out when this happens:

Frequent sick days

You find yourself calling in sick a lot more than usual and you’ve ruled out any major health diagnosis, more than likely this is due to work Burnout and could eventually lead to health diagnosis such as depression; high blood pressure, etc.,

Irritability and Short Temperedness with Co-workers

You do need to pay attention when you find yourself getting irritated and impatient with your co-workers on the simplest things.  Find out what the root cause is and address this. Don’t let it linger as this could lead to a workplace outburst or meltdown that could be damaging to your career.

You have to Give Yourself a Pep Talk To Get Ready for Work Daily

When you find yourself having to give yourself a pep talk each time you have to go in to work, chances are you are experiencing burnout.

3 Ways to Nip Burnout Once and For All:

Gain Clarity on Work Responsibilities

If you’re not sure what your job responsibilities are, speak up and discuss with your manager and/or Human Resources Representative Sometimes gaining a little more clarity can sort out any misunderstandings and undue stress you may be experiencing.

Request a Flexible Work Schedule

Sometimes tweaking your start or end times could be all that you need to allow for work life integration, so ask. The worst thing that could happen is your boss says no and that should be a cue to start looking for employment elsewhere. You probably don’t want to stay at such an inflexible work environment.

Photo by from Pexels

Delegate tasks

Holding on to tasks that could easily be done by someone else is another source of burnout and a quick remedy to this is delegating. Make it your duty to review your ‘To Dos’ and delegate to junior team members or a colleague who is more suited for that task. Delegating shows leadership especially when you assign to a junior team member it serves as a confidence boost to that junior staff and frees you up to attend to other tasks that can’t be delegated.

The Thrive Global Community welcomes voices from many spheres. We publish pieces written by outside contributors with a wide range of opinions, which don’t necessarily reflect our own. Learn more or join us as a community member!
Share your comments below. Please read our commenting guidelines before posting. If you have a concern about a comment, report it here.

You might also like...

Three Steps to Avoid Burnout

Three Steps to Avoid Burnout

by Caroline Castrillon

How to Create More Work/Life Balance to Help You Enjoy Life Without Burning Out

by Whitney Gordon-Mead, MSc

11 Ways to Tell if a Company Values Work-Life Balance—Before You Take the Job

by Robin Young Burinskiy

Sign up for the Thrive Global newsletter

Will be used in accordance with our privacy policy.

Thrive Global
People look for retreats for themselves, in the country, by the coast, or in the hills . . . There is nowhere that a person can find a more peaceful and trouble-free retreat than in his own mind. . . . So constantly give yourself this retreat, and renew yourself.


We use cookies on our site to give you the best experience possible. By continuing to browse the site, you agree to this use. For more information on how we use cookies, see our Privacy Policy.