Burnout? Here's How to Be Happier at Work
Burnout doesn’t just hurt job performance; it also affects health. Here are 5 quick wins to boost your motivation.
Remember how you felt on the first day of your exciting new job? If that glow has faded, you might be experiencing workplace burnout.
Thankfully, there are techniques to boost motivation without changing jobs.
Here are 5 quick wins:
Don’t let the minutiae get you down See the bigger picture - and if you don’t know what it is, find out. Connect to the larger purpose of the work, whether it’s delighting customers, innovating new products, surpassing last year’s goals or - more personally - providing for your family
Become a seeker Do you spend most days on boring tasks? Try asking for a bit more work that interests you. Bosses are often happy if you take the initiative, offering to pitch in and share your talents
Put your talents to work If you spend the bulk of your days doing stuff you’re good it, work goes much better — so ask for assignments that play to your skills. Better yet, develop more skills through education and training so you have more talents. Getting better at what you do means less heavy lifting
Practice job-crafting Examine where you are spending most of your time, and look for ways to shift some of the tasks you don’t like off your plate and ways to take on more of the responsibilities that make you feel proud of what you’re doing
Find your clan Having good friends - or even a “work-spouse” - makes your job better. When you’re working with a team who likes, respects and cares about you, everything you do will feel more meaningful and pleasurable
Loved the tip to find a work spouse to be a source of support. I have several who keep me centered and going strong.