We need to address the elephant in the room. Sometimes, some company cultures and bosses are just BAD. They don’t care about your wellbeing, your happiness, or even your long-term commitment… they want the work done and they wanted it yesterday. All of it. No whining. The End.
Maybe they are cynical, burned out themselves, or so trained to work in unsustainable ways that they don’t realize they are even doing it.
Environments like these can create and reinforce entire systems of burnout. Here, the exhaustion and negativity feeds on itself and is essentially built into the job. You’ve heard some businesses – even industries – described as “churn and burn.” I’m sorry to say it, but more self-care is not the antidote if you work in a place like this.
For others, the corporate culture is amazing – inspiring, energizing, and completely fulfilling. However, in the midst of all this inspiring work, you wake up one day to realize your job responsibilities have taken over your entire life. 70 hours a week is the new norm. Boundaries sound like a fantasy. Social life… what social life? Family… oh yeah, I used to have one of those!
We need to be really honest with ourselves. When we say we’re suffering from burnout, we must realize that some of it is ours to own. And some of it simply isn’t.
Before you can apply the right remedy, you must be clear about the cause of your pain.
Here are some questions to help you get to the source of what you may be feeling right now:
1. What can I own about the way I’m working?
- What fears might be keeping me stuck in a burnout loop?
- What choices am I making that aren’t aligned with my values or needs?
- Have I delegated what I know I can/should to my team?
- Have I attempted a courageous conversation with my boss about more sustainable ways of fulfilling my role?
- What can I own about the way I’m working?
2. What might my boss and/or company own about how I’m asked to work?
- What about my company’s culture calls for a burnout-style approach to work?
- Am I empowered to challenge this approach or find a more balanced way?
- Are those in charge open and willing to work with employees/leaders?
Observe your assumptions, own your part, and take an honest look at any structural factors outside of your control that might be keeping your burnout in place. As you step back and look objectively about what’s happening for you/by you/around you, you can now take thoughtful action.
If you’re simply stuck in the cluster and mess of it all, I can help. There is a way out. I’m here to help you find it.
To your thriving,
PS. If you’re a boss and you have suddenly realized you’re inadvertently creating a ‘burn and churn” workplace for your team, fear not! Congratulations, actually… you are rare and awesome for even being aware. Huge first step. Now, send me a message. Together, we can help you discover more sustainable ways for your team to perform at its peak AND ensure your teammates flourish.
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