What happens when you hit that wall—when you cannot seem to find the physical, emotional, or mental wherewithal to lead one more thing? What happens when “burnout” is no longer just a phrase you hear about, but a very personal, immediate reality?
A recent Gallup study of nearly 7,500 full-time employees found that 23 percent reported feeling burned out at work very often or always, while an additional 44 percent reported feeling burned out sometimes. CNBC AUG 2018
Job burnout accounts for an estimated $125 billion to $190 billion in health-care spending each year and has been attributed to type 2 diabetes, coronary heart disease, gastrointestinal issues, high cholesterol and even death for those under the age of 45. HARVARD BUSINESS REVIEW
First coined in the 1970s by American psychologist Herbert Freudenberger, “burnout” referred to stress and exhaustion felt by those in “helping” professions — like doctors and nurses — making it tough for them to cope.
To grow yourself, you must know yourself. John C. Maxwell
Becoming aware of whether you are growing or not. Remember, we either Grow Daily or Die Gradually.
Burnout is what happens when we lose our PURPOSE.
When I lose my PURPOSE, I lose my PASSION.
When I lose my WILL, I lose my WAY.
II. CAUSES OF BURNOUT
1. Unfair Treatment at Work
If you are a leader, you should never forget that everyone needs encouragement. And everyone who receives it - young or old, successful or less-than-successful, unknown or famous - is changed by it. John C. Maxwell
To add value to others one must value others first.
Character makes trust possible, and trust is the foundation of leadership. John C. Maxwell
2. Unmanageable Workload & Unreasonable Time Pressure
Time management is an oxymoron. Time is beyond our control, and the clock keeps ticking regardless of how we lead our lives. Priority management is the answer to maximizing the time we have. John C. Maxwell
3. Lack of Role Clarity, Communication, and Support
Communication Adds Value.
There are five nonnegotiable characteristics that every effective leader must have: a sense of calling, an ability to communicate, creativity in problem solving, generosity, and consistency. John C. Maxwell
A leader is one who knows the way, goes the way and shows the way.
4. Work – Life Imbalance
Work is a rubber ball. If you drop it, it will bounce back. The other four balls—family, health, friends, and integrity—are made of glass. If you drop one of these, it will be irrevocably scuffed, nicked, perhaps even shattered. Gary Keller, real estate entrepreneur
You can’t truly be considered successful in your business life if your home life is in shambles. Zig Ziglar
III. SIGNS OF BURNOUT
Knowing your signs is critical. Knowing how you’re wired. Everyone has certain behavioral tendencies – patterns.
Each person is different, but we are predictably different.
If you are familiar with the DISC personalities here is a simple way to look at how the different personalities respond:
D – Ugh! Everyone is so slow. I guess I have to do it all myself.
I – How about some motivational yoga to get us going?
S – Why is everyone so stressed? We just need to stick to the original plans.
C – I did my part, and don’t understand how everything else is going wrong.
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1. Motivation has Faded
A person who is appreciated will always do more than is expected of them.
3. People Drain
6. Productivity Loss
8. Lack of Joy
9. Ongoing Stress
Everyone responds to stress in a different way.
Knowing how you respond to stress and how others respond is critical to identifying issues before burnout.
IV. RECOVERING FROM BURNOUT
As a leader, the first person I need to lead is me. The first person that I should try to change is me. John C. Maxwell
1. Identify the Why
It’s not enough to have lived. We should be determined to live for something. Winston S. Churchill
We are worth more than the work that we do; the work that we do is supposed to reflect who we are and what our worth is. Simon Sinek
2. Seek Help
Don’t allow pride to keep you from getting the help you need.
4. Invest in Yourself (Back to the Basics)
Identify and do what gives you energy and life.