They say if you do what you love, you'll never work a day in your life.  But what happens if you feel like you're always working?  They never really talk about that.

Burnout happens to a lot of people. Even if you love your job, if it's all you do (or even if it just feels like it's all you do) you could experience burnout.

What does it mean to experience burnout at your job?

First of all, if you've never experienced burnout, congratulations.  It's tough to avoid if you have a job where you work long hours or have a lot of stress. Burn out is a reaction to stress where you feel exhausted both physically and emotionally.

The Mayo Clinic suggests answering these questions to see if you're burnt out from your job:

  • Do you question the value of your work?
  • Do you drag yourself to work and have trouble getting started?
  • Do you feel removed from your work and the people you work with?
  • Have you lost patience with co-workers, customers or clients?
  • Do you lack the energy to do your job well?
  • Is it hard to focus on your job?
  • Do you feel little satisfaction from what you get done?
  • Do you feel let down by your job?
  • Do you doubt your skills and abilities?
  • Are you using food, drugs or alcohol to feel better or to numb how you feel?
  • Have your sleep habits changed?
  • Do you have headaches, stomach or bowel problems, or other physical complaints with no known cause?

If you're experiencing burnout, there's a chance you'll begin to resent your job, feel extremely exhausted, and possibly see a drop in performance.

When can you expect to feel burnt out at your job in New York?

There was a study done by that set out to predict when the average person in each state will begin to feel burnt out in their job.  They asked 3000 workers when they succumbed to burnout.  In New York State, that average date was June 20, 2024. That's just 172 days into the year.

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Obviously, there are a lot of factors that could change that.  The biggest would be your profession.

What does it mean for your workday?

The study points out that there are a bunch of different things that should be taken into account to avoid burnout such as:

Work-Life Balance - Remote working positions seemed like a dream at first.  But many people have noticed that instead, it's creating an unending work day where they're forced to almost always be available.

Mental Health - Burnout can create long-term issues for the employee and drop in production for the employer.

Awareness and Prevention - If burnout can be identified earlier, there may be strategies that can be put into action to help eliminate or at the very least, minimize it.

To see more on this study, click here.

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