One way to cope with burnout is to change your outlook. As one article on stress suggested, use the scuba diver’s motto: stop, think, and act. Take a moment to think about what you’re doing, create a plan of attack, and then take action. Don’t view problems at work as sources of stress. Instead look at problems as challenges and opportunities for growth.
After dealing with stress, ulcers, and other symptoms of burnout Grube made a decision: "I decided that I would do the best I could by the book," said Grube. "I did my job, made my own decsions, and soon no one messed with me when they found out I wasn’t going to play their head games."
This type of individual-oriented approach can alleviate exhaustion and the related stress, but it isn’t an overall solution to the three dimensions of burnout. People can learn new coping skills, but they are hard to implement if the workplace stays the same.
Managerial interventions are necessary to change the six factors of job compatibility. Management must set realistic expectations on their employees and be available as a support system. This, of course, is easier said than done. In a world of timelines and bottomlines, employee morale is low on the list of management priorities. But in the end, creating a positive working environment will create more productive employees and higher profit margins.
Ultimately, both the employee and management must make an effort to fight job burnout before it spreads through the hangar in epidemic proportions.
Remember burnout is a psychological syndrome, you may not be able to cope with burnout on your own. Consult your physician or contact the American Psychological Association’s Help Center to find a mental health professional in your area that can help you overcome job burnout.
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