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How to Tell Your Boss You Are Facing Job Burnout

  • 13th Oct'21

The term burnout has taken a more profound meaning as it gets more intense in our work lives. It has become essential for managers to recognize the signs in their employees for stress and burnout. Most often, it comes without warning. When you feel disinterested in your job, experience imbalances in health, or find yourself in distress at work, consider checking your work levels. The efforts you put into your work compromising your health may burn you out and it is not ideal when you want a career boost.

The pandemic caused a shift to move our work bases to homes but are employees able to maintain a better work-life balance? The answer is no! Employees are dealing with more issues than before. Working round the clock to meet deadlines, being mentally absent from family affairs because of work pressure, and a disrupted schedule are signs of job burnout. So how to be aware and talk to the boss about job burnout? Burnout can also affect in a manner when you have to deal with an overly demanding boss.


Signs of Job Burnout


  • Sleep Disturbances: Millennials primarily complain of their irregular sleep patterns because of high stress in their jobs. Because of restlessness, they feel tired even on a new day.
  • Health Problems: The disorganized schedule leads them to eat at odd hours and sit for long hours, contributing to stomach issue, migraines, back pain, etc.
  • Compromised Concentration: When you experience burnout, you cannot focus on work correctly. It takes more time for you to complete the tasks at hand.


How to Discuss Job Burnout with your Boss?

It is important to talk to your boss about burnout because you would require assistance. Here are few tips on how to go about it:


Openly Communicate

When you feel you are not giving your best, analyze the reasons and openly communicate them with your boss. You are a vital resource of the organization. So encourage yourself to talk about what bothers you. Are you dealing with too many responsibilities? Do you need some flexibility? You can ask for a break or check with them for suggestions on de-stressing yourself and resume work once you feel motivated. So, try to make your your boss a better communicator.


Schedule a Meet-up

Sometimes, we need a support system to direct us to the right path, bring on consciousness, and act on it. Always drop a message, email and ask for a one-on-one meet-up with your boss to discuss your experiences. Ask your boss about his struggles and gain insight into how they deal with their pressure. Sometimes a different perspective reduces our stress and opens our minds to react better to our work problems.


Suggest a Routine

Make use of team meetings by giving your inputs. Meetings ensure everyone stays on the same page after discussions on projects, roles, and policies. If you have experienced burnout or feel pressured, talk about simplifying your routine. Phasing out your work and strictly adhering to work hours ensures discipline and produces quality work. Also, you get a break to sort out the pieces of your personal life.


Share your Struggles

Sharing your struggles with your boss and team members assures them that they can rely on you too. It is only human to feel what they feel, and sharing differentiates us from machines. Do not make a habit of whining but asking for help when you are struggling saves your time and effort.


Get Help with Organizing

Talk to your boss about time management. Discuss how to optimize your efforts, prioritize important tasks, and complete work in time. You can also ask your boss to conduct webinars and training programs that help employees deal with stress, work overload and improve mental health.


Relationship Boosters

You spend a minimum of 8-10 hours communicating with your colleagues, customers, or team on a typical workday. Ask your boss for tips on how to enhance work relationships so that they don’t burden you. Burnout often is not because of the workload but the connecting relationships, the pressure, or the hostility between competitors. Talk about how to boost these connections through genuine discussions, small talk, and uplifting suggestions. When we work together as a team, our problems divide themselves equally.


Deal Constructively

When you share the details of how burnout affects your mental health, personal life, and career, there are chances that your boss will empathize and suggest a remedy. The idea is to deal with the problem constructively and prepare solutions so that no one else has to go through the troubles. More often, managers themselves deal with burnout and feel relieved to get some suggestions from their subordinates. The struggle of burnout is real, and learn to work it out by talking about it.


Assess the Opportunity

Burnout allows you to pause and reflect on why things are not panning out as they are supposed to be? Assess that opportunity and talk to your boss about job burnout. If need be, introspect on your needs; do you prefer a career shift or more transparency in your current role. Knowing yourself better, resorting to meditation, and getting good rest are some effective outcomes after burnout.


Health is Everything

The Covid-19 pandemic has shown us the dark face of diseases and the health complications that come along. It is easy to take health for granted in remote working and stay glued to that desk gazing at the laptop. Remember phasing out your responsibilities and completing tasks on time not just shows your proactiveness, it also displays your passion for living well. Work is only a part of life in which health is everything. Ensure you set boundaries that do not let you burn out.

Again, talk to your boss about job burnout if you realize the problem exists. Do not let the symptoms go by like that. By listening to your body and mind and acting on burnout symptoms, you pave the path for millions of millennials who do not dare to question their convictions. The trouble is not burnout; it is our over capability to take more on our plates and prove we can do it. Simply put, take as much work as you think you can do justice with the quality and not just quantity.


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