Beat Job Burnout

Job burnout is an increasingly common workplace phenomenon. Learn how to cope.

Common causes of burnout

You can overcome burnout. But you have to understand what caused it in the first place. Burnout can result from:

1. Feelings of underappreciation
Job burnout is often linked to a conflict between an employee's values and job requirements. A lack of appreciation and reward for your hard work and effort can lead to feelings of resentment for the company you work for. You may start to lose motivation to do a good job and feel no sense of accomplishment.

2. Demanding job requirements
When a job is always highly demanding, you may try to push yourself too hard, balancing numerous roles and multitasking at the expense of your own well-being. You may become overwhelmed with feelings of anxiety and the need to push yourself even further. Over time, this eternal race can lead to burnout.

3. Unclear job expectations
You may worry about your lack of necessary knowledge or inner resources to do your job competently. You may also be stressed out by the uncertainty over what degree of authority you have.

4. Poor work relationships
Examples are working with an office bully, being undermined by colleagues or having an unreasonable boss.

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