June 24, 2005
Careers - Avoiding Burnout
Seattle, WA, USA--(Jobwerx News)--13 Signs of Career Burnout and How
To Help You Avoid It.
In some ways it was a typical breakfast meeting. The waitress was pleasant,
the eggs were average, and the restaurant was full of busy people. We
shared a cup of black, coffee-like substance, and the first few times
my client took a sip he managed to spill quite a bit of it. His trembling
hand was just one of the symptoms of his burnout. That’s why we were
meeting. He wanted to know if I could help him.
I picked up a fork and explained that as long as I used it for eating,
the fork would last indefinitely. However, if I began to use it to drive
nails or dig trenches, it would soon break. The key was to use it for
what it was designed to do.
The look in his eyes told me he got it, but I still went on to say that
people are like the fork. When they do what they are not designed to
do, they eventually break.
Sure enough, his MAPP showed that he was
designed to work on projects where there was a definite goal. He derived
immense satisfaction from reaching goals. He also needed to work by
himself about half the time. He was a scientist and enjoyed lab time,
doing calculations, and interpreting test results.
What his job required on a day-to-day basis was another story. His primary
task was to supervise a dozen people and maintain operations. No goals.
No projects. No time alone. Consequently, his job was sucking the life
out of him.
Much credit for his recovery goes to his boss who was willing to change
the job content to fit the design of a valuable employee.
So how do you know if you, a loved one, or someone who reports
to you is suffering from burnout? Here are the early warning signs.
- Chronic fatigue - exhaustion, tiredness, a sense of being physically
- Anger at those making demands
- Self-criticism for putting up with the demands
- Cynicism, negativity, and irritability
- A sense of being besieged
- Exploding easily at seemingly inconsequential things
- Frequent headaches and gastrointestinal disturbances
- Weight loss or gain
- Sleeplessness and depression
- Shortness of breath
- Feelings of helplessness
- Increased degree of risk taking
Fight burnout. Do what you were designed to do. If you (or you know someone
who does) fit this description have him/her take the MAPP Assessment.
Take a close look at what is said about you in your MAPP, and what you
are naturally motivated toward with regard to your work. Sometimes a simple
change at work can help you avoid many (if not all) of the early warning
signs of Burnout.
As presented by Henry Neils, President of Assessment.com and provider
of Motivational Appraisal of Personal Potential career assessment.
the MAPP, today. Receive your Personalized sample Career Analysis,
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