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Avoiding burnout

  1. 1. AVOIDING BURNOUT
  2. 2. Job Burnout: (Preventing Job Burnout, ISBN 1-56052-357-3) <ul><li>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. </li></ul>
  3. 3. Burnout Warning Signs: <ul><li>Feelings of frustration. </li></ul><ul><li>Emotional outbursts. </li></ul><ul><li>Sense of alienation. </li></ul><ul><li>Newly acquired substandard performance. </li></ul><ul><li>Increased use of drugs and alcohol. </li></ul><ul><li>Lack of motivation. </li></ul><ul><li>Inability to adapt to changes. </li></ul><ul><li>Why bother, attitude. </li></ul>Connectivity
  4. 4. Stages of Burnout: <ul><li>You begin with boundless energy. </li></ul><ul><li>Disillusionment and disappointment develop. </li></ul><ul><li>Confused, you can’t quite put your finger on what’s wrong. </li></ul><ul><li>Frustration and irritability set in. </li></ul><ul><li>Full scale exhaustion and fatigue prevail. </li></ul>
  5. 5. Occupations Most Susceptible to Burnout: <ul><li>Helping professionals such as social workers, nurses, teachers, police officers. </li></ul><ul><li>Those that require exacting attention such as air traffic controllers and pharmacists. </li></ul><ul><li>Those that deal with life and death situations such as surgeons and the clergy. </li></ul><ul><li>Those that require working under time schedules such as a television news crew. </li></ul><ul><li>Those that require exact detail such as bookkeepers. </li></ul><ul><li>Those that are socially criticized such as nuclear engineers. </li></ul>
  6. 6. Good Wins: <ul><li>When you do something </li></ul><ul><ul><li>That causes a positive action </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>That is recognized and acknowledged. </li></ul></ul></ul>
  7. 7. Negative Wins: <ul><li>When a negative situation exists </li></ul><ul><ul><li>And you take action </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>That makes the negative situation go away. </li></ul></ul></ul>
  8. 8. Sustaining Motivation: <ul><li>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. </li></ul>Empowerment
  9. 9. Positive Factor Induced Motivation: <ul><li>Working for: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Fun. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Challenge. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Status or fame. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Self respect. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Praise. </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Positive motivators can achieve positive results. </li></ul>
  10. 10. Negative Factor Induced Motivation: <ul><li>Working to avoid: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Debt. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Job loss. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Criticism. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Loneliness. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Boredom. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Guilt. </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Negative motivators can achieve positive results. </li></ul>
  11. 11. De-motivating Work Situations: <ul><li>The critical boss = Cannot be pleased no matter what effort you put forth. </li></ul><ul><li>Lack of recognition = Good work often goes unnoticed. </li></ul><ul><li>Inadequate pay = Particularly when others that perform at a lower level are paid the same. </li></ul><ul><li>Under-employment = You’re trained for a higher level than you work at. </li></ul><ul><li>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. </li></ul><ul><li>Lack of information. </li></ul>
  12. 12. De-motivating Work Situations Continued: <ul><li>Lack of clear goals. </li></ul><ul><li>Tasks without end. </li></ul><ul><li>Impossible tasks = Impossible expectations. </li></ul><ul><li>No-win situations = Incompatible demands, values conflict. </li></ul><ul><li>Bureaucracy. </li></ul><ul><li>Work overload. </li></ul><ul><li>Skill deficit. </li></ul><ul><li>Meaninglessness. </li></ul><ul><li>Lack of authority. </li></ul>
  13. 13. When you feel you have no control over the events in your life, motivation to continue performing decreases and burnout results.
  14. 14. Paths to Personal Power: <ul><li>Managing yourself. </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Breaking big jobs into manageable steps. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Patting yourself on the back. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Goals. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Must be attainable. </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Must be measurable. </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Must be time framed. </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Must be written down. </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Self contracts. </li></ul></ul>
  15. 15. Paths to Personal Power Continued: <ul><li>Manage stress. </li></ul><ul><li>Building social support = Research shows that people with close emotional and social ties are physically and mentally healthier and live longer. </li></ul><ul><li>Skill building = develops self confidence. </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Decision making. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Listening. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Information gathering. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Team playing. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Delegating </li></ul></ul>
  16. 16. Paths to Personal Power Continued: <ul><li>Skill building continued: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Public speaking. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Technical skills. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Negotiating. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Supervising. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Mentoring. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Leading meetings. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Goal setting. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Time management. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Writing. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Mediating. </li></ul></ul>
  17. 17. Paths to Personal Power Continued: <ul><li>Tailoring the job = Can I re-engineer the job. </li></ul><ul><li>Changing jobs. </li></ul><ul><li>Detached concern = Letting go! </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Play to win but don’t insist on winning. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Don’t dwell on past problems or worry about the future. Live in the present moment. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Be flexible. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Learn to laugh. </li></ul></ul>
  18. 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.

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