Workers spend a great deal of their lives at work and this period of time is bound to have an impact on their physical state. There are many health benefits to working but unfortunately there are some negative reactions. Some people due to their emotional state and workload will experience the signs of job burnout
Job burnout can present it’s self in many ways and can have many causes. This article will help you see the signs of job burnout to help you prevent them happening to you or others. If you or someone at work claims they are subject to any of the following, it may develop into job burnout
7 Signs that You Heading into Job Burnout
Stress can cover a wide array of things and be both a cause and a result of job burnout. A small amount of stress is good for us as it releases chemicals that make us more alert and energized. Stress is what kept us alive years ago when we were in the wild and needed to prevent being eaten by predictors. The theory still applies in work but the issue arises when we are exposed to too much stress.
Read also: 6 Effective Workplace Relaxation Techniques
2. Lack of Sleep
Lack of sleep is one of the most common signs of job burnout. Lack of sleep will mean that you come into work with less energy and motivation. This will affect your performance and put pressure on your position. You may start a negative cycle as you find you need to work more and harder to counteract this and thus get less sleep. Having a healthy sleep pattern is important so that you start each day fresh and don’t put any added pressure on yourself.
3. Long Hours
Long hours are becoming the norm for lots of workers. With mounting pressures, deadlines and targets, your eight hour day quickly grows. This can cause you to resent your job and feel burnout. The long hours will also lead to the two above causes which in turn causes more job burnout.
4. Eating at Your Desk
Eating at your desk is common place in many offices. This can be due to raised pressures to complete your work so you are working through your lunch. It could also just be due to not having adequate dining facilities. Eating at your desk either way will encourage you to work more and not rest.
Breaks from any form of work are needed to rest your eyes, brain and body. Constant use of a computer increases the risk of conditions such as repetitive strain injury and rest is important to reduce this. If you eat at your desk, it will encourage you to snack and make bad food choice which has obvious health ramifications. All these combined can lead to job burnout.
5. Lack or Loss of Control
Lack or loss of control in your job will lead you to anxiety as you feel helpless in your role. This anxiousness can dwell on you, which will build up and can have a negative impact.
6. Intense Working Activities
Intense working activities are when you work in an extreme environment at either end of the spectrum. You could be in a job that has aspects of danger such as fire-fighters or the police or your job could just be very hectic with lots of responsibility. At the other end, your job could be so monotonous that you feel bored and unmotivated. Both these will lead to a feeling of apprehension to work and could develop into job burnout.
7. Poor Home Life
When work affects your home life you can suffer from a plethora of negative reactions. Your relationship with your family deteriorates, maybe even ends, you resent you job, your weight is affected as you don’t exercise and or your social life suffers. You blame all of this on your job and this affects your relationships at work and with the job its self.
6 Most Common Signs of Job Burnout
Everyone’s dream is to have a job that they enjoy and look forward to getting up for. Unfortunately this isn’t a reality for everyone. Just because you don’t enjoy your job, doesn’t mean you’ll feel job burnout. Many people can still work hard and gain satisfaction from a job they don’t necessarily ‘enjoy’ as they take gratification in doing a good job and enjoy the social side of working.
If this isn’t the case and work gets on top of you and you see signs of job burnout you may experience;
- Lack of motivation and energy as you don’t want to work is one of the clearest signs of job burnout. This may be from no enjoyment or recognition for the work you have done. If you don’t change the circumstances you will feel this forever.
- Irritation or impatience with co-workers. This is where job burnout can have a negative impact on others. You may take out your frustration on others, which will in turn lead to a poorer relationship with people at work
- Loss of job satisfaction may be one of the first first signs of job burnout and develop into more. You need to try and find some form of gratification from work, no matter how small. This may be meeting a target or just doing a good job.
- Changes in your sleep pattern can be common place and caused by many factors of job burnout. If you are working long hours, worried about a deadline or anxious about work you may find you can’t sleep as well. Also shift work can put pressure on your sleeping pattern as you are forced to sleep out of your normal routine.
- Aches and pains can develop as your physical state is affected. These reactions are harder to explain but could come from the pressures of the job and the way you treat your body. Your diet and exercise routine will be affected which will alter your fitness. Also stress is known to lower the effectiveness of your immune system making you more susceptible to illness and injury.
- Exhaustion can occur from lack of sleep, pressure from the job, diet and physical activities you may partake in. Drinking lots of coffee may have a short term benefits but in the long run it will actually make you more fatigued as it will reduce your blood sugar levels.
If you see any of the potential signs of job burnout slipping into your working life you are advised to take action to stop it developing into serious job burnout. Your relationship with work can become part of a vicious cycle and one cause or effect will develop into others and your physical and emotional state will only deteriorate. Establish the origin and try and make changes as if you don’t your situation won’t change.
Be so kind and share the article to help your friends to notice the first signs of job burnout.
Author; Chris Evans – Atrium Legal
Atrium run a workers health blog which gives advice on many areas subjects that could affect someone’s health and well-being. We are also experts in Industrial Disease Claims assisting victims of injury our illness caused by their job.