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  • 2. Job Burnout: (Preventing Job Burnout, ISBN 1-56052-357-3)
    • Impaired motivation to work resulting in a growing inability to mobilize interest and abilities. It is becoming more common in today’s complex and demanding society. Rarely is a person burned out at work, yet enthusiastic and energized at home.
  • 3. Burnout Warning Signs:
    • Feelings of frustration.
    • Emotional outbursts.
    • Sense of alienation.
    • Newly acquired substandard performance.
    • Increased use of drugs and alcohol.
    • Lack of motivation.
    • Inability to adapt to changes.
    • Why bother, attitude.
  • 4. Stages of Burnout:
    • You begin with boundless energy.
    • Disillusionment and disappointment develop.
    • Confused, you can’t quite put your finger on what’s wrong.
    • Frustration and irritability set in.
    • Full scale exhaustion and fatigue prevail.
  • 5. Occupations Most Susceptible to Burnout:
    • Helping professionals such as social workers, nurses, teachers, police officers.
    • Those that require exacting attention such as air traffic controllers and pharmacists.
    • Those that deal with life and death situations such as surgeons and the clergy.
    • Those that require working under time schedules such as a television news crew.
    • Those that require exact detail such as bookkeepers.
    • Those that are socially criticized such as nuclear engineers.
  • 6. Good Wins:
    • When you do something
      • That causes a positive action
        • That is recognized and acknowledged.
  • 7. Negative Wins:
    • When a negative situation exists
      • And you take action
        • That makes the negative situation go away.
  • 8. Sustaining Motivation:
    • You must see a positive relationship between what you do and what happens to you. You must feel you can influence what happens to you.
  • 9. Positive Factor Induced Motivation:
    • Working for:
      • Fun.
      • Challenge.
      • Status or fame.
      • Self respect.
      • Praise.
    • Positive motivators can achieve positive results.
  • 10. Negative Factor Induced Motivation:
    • Working to avoid:
      • Debt.
      • Job loss.
      • Criticism.
      • Loneliness.
      • Boredom.
      • Guilt.
    • Negative motivators can achieve positive results.
  • 11. De-motivating Work Situations:
    • The critical boss = Cannot be pleased no matter what effort you put forth.
    • Lack of recognition = Good work often goes unnoticed.
    • Inadequate pay = Particularly when others that perform at a lower level are paid the same.
    • Under-employment = You’re trained for a higher level than you work at.
    • Ambiguity = If you do not know what is expected, it is difficult to feel confident that you are doing the right thing the right way.
    • Lack of information.
  • 12. De-motivating Work Situations Continued:
    • Lack of clear goals.
    • Tasks without end.
    • Impossible tasks = Impossible expectations.
    • No-win situations = Incompatible demands, values conflict.
    • Bureaucracy.
    • Work overload.
    • Skill deficit.
    • Meaninglessness.
    • Lack of authority.
  • 13. When you feel you have no control over the events in your life, motivation to continue performing decreases and burnout results.
  • 14. Paths to Personal Power:
    • Managing yourself.
      • Breaking big jobs into manageable steps.
      • Patting yourself on the back.
      • Goals.
        • Must be attainable.
        • Must be measurable.
        • Must be time framed.
        • Must be written down.
      • Self contracts.
  • 15. Paths to Personal Power Continued:
    • Manage stress.
    • Building social support = Research shows that people with close emotional and social ties are physically and mentally healthier and live longer.
    • Skill building = develops self confidence.
      • Decision making.
      • Listening.
      • Information gathering.
      • Team playing.
      • Delegating
  • 16. Paths to Personal Power Continued:
    • Skill building continued:
      • Public speaking.
      • Technical skills.
      • Negotiating.
      • Supervising.
      • Mentoring.
      • Leading meetings.
      • Goal setting.
      • Time management.
      • Writing.
      • Mediating.
  • 17. Paths to Personal Power Continued:
    • Tailoring the job = Can I re-engineer the job.
    • Changing jobs.
    • Detached concern = Letting go!
      • Play to win but don’t insist on winning.
      • Don’t dwell on past problems or worry about the future. Live in the present moment.
      • Be flexible.
      • Learn to laugh.
  • 18. Powerless Thought: Powerful Thought: I hate cold weather. I look forward to ice skating. I have no friends. Becoming a Big Brother allowed me to: My clothes don’t fit me. I made friends at the fitness center. I have less skills than my colleagues. Night classes have helped me to be able to: My personal debt exceeds my income. Debt reduction counseling has allowed me to gain control of my finances.