How To Not Burn Out

How To Not Burn Out

Here are 6 Causes of Burnout, and How to Avoid Them

Joel Bein
Joel Bein

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6 Causes of Burnout


Job burnout has been on the rise for a few years now. Be sure to take audit of your own situation, and then empower yourself to make a change.

Here are 6 Causes of Burnout, and How to Avoid Them

1. Workload

"...assess how well you’re doing in these key areas: planning your workload, prioritizing your work, delegating tasks, saying no, and letting go of perfectionism."

2. Perceived lack of control

"....Feeling like you lack autonomy...and a say in decisions that impact your professional life can take a toll on your well-being."

3. Reward

"If the extrinsic and intrinsic rewards for your job don’t match the amount of effort and time you put in to them, then you’re likely to feel like the investment is not worth the payoff"

4. Community

"Who do you work with or around? How supportive and trusting are those relationships?"

5. Fairness.

"If you feel that a lack of fairness exacerbates your burnout, start by speaking up."

6. Values mismatch.

"If you highly value something that your company does not, your motivation to work hard and persevere can significantly drop."


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Joel Bein

Joel Bein is CEO at Career Hackers and passionate about personal growth and self-driven learning. As a classically trained musician, he is Founder of the New Orleans Chamber Players.