The good news about job burnout is that you can take steps to reverse it. You also can avoid it altogether if you pay attention to the signs.
Be on guard if you notice these signs:
- Declining work performance
- Decreasing work efficiency
- Loss of confidence that you can accomplish your goals
- Avoidance of work-related tasks
- Loss of interest
For example, people in caregiving professions can notice positive results with their consistent effort to help others. Try to notice the rightness of your work effort and the positive outcomes rather than dwelling on the stressors, obstacles or negative characteristics of work.
“Engaging in tasks that feel meaningless can promote burnout. However, if something in your work effort is consistent with your commitments and values, each day can be an opportunity to live these values in a tangible manner.” Scott Brea, PsyD, Clinical Psychologist