Do you dread going to work every day? Do you feel fatigued and exhausted at the mere thought of doing your job? Are you losing interest in work that you once enjoyed? These are some of the classic signs of burnout. If you don’t turn things around soon, it might start to affect your performance.
Closing yourself off isn’t the answer. In fact, approaching your manager and being open about what you’re feeling is a good idea. Here’s why:
Your manager can give you a break.
Many times, burnout is brought on simply by overworking. When you approach your manager and tell him or her how you’re feeling, they might be able to cut you some slack. Even a day off here and there can help immensely. You might also be able to work out an arrangement with your supervisor to take a week’s vacation, or even a short leave to get back to your normal self.
Your manager can assign other team members to help.
Sometimes, having a little help is all that’s needed to get your work-life back on track. Your manager may be able to assign one or more of your fellow team members to help you out. Taking a few tasks off your plate can help you feel a lot less overwhelmed. But you’ll never get to that stage if you don’t ask for the help in the first place!
Your manager can offer alternative assignments/schedules.
Burnout can happen when your work schedule doesn’t jive with the rest of your life outside of work. And a change in schedule or assignments might be able to fix that. Working second shift instead of first, for example, can give you a few extra hours in your day that might make a huge difference. Switching to a lower-intensity task for a few weeks can help you get centered again. Asking your manager about these options is a great way to reverse burnout.
Your manager can refer you to someone who can help.
If the problem is serious enough, your manager can refer you to the HR department or toward resources that can help you. Whether it’s talking to a counselor or just making small changes at work, getting help from the professionals is a necessary step if burnout has gotten to a severe stage. Don’t be afraid to approach your manager if you need help.
Time for a New Job?
Tired of feeling burnt out and exhausted? A new job might be the key to getting your work life back on track. And we’re here to help. Visit Health Advocates Network’s Jobs page to get started on the next stage of your career.