Do you work in an office but are starting to feel like it might not be right for you?
Do you feel like there’s more out there, that you were made to do more than sit behind a desk working for a company?
The majority of people are unhappy occasionally at work. It happens, bad days happen. But how do you know the difference between some bad days at the office versus office burnout?
A lot of us stay in corporate office jobs for wayyy too long after we’ve burned out due to a few reasons:
- You’ve only ever worked in office jobs and you feel like it’s all you know
- We think that because we have this corporate career and have dedicated some amount of years to it that we owe it to ourselves to stay for the long-term payout of promotions and raises
- We just feel like we can’t leave
- It’s the norm and what people do
I’m here to tell you that NONE of those reasons will help anyone or make you feel any better. In fact, you staying in a career where you’re burned out is detrimental to EVERYONE involved, including your employer. You are almost doing them a disservice by staying because when your heart isn’t in it, it shows in your work.
Reasons long-term office burnout is bad for the company:
- Productivity declines
- Your work quality suffers
- Lack of pro-activeness
Reasons it’s bad for YOU:
- Causes major anxiety
- Lowers self-esteem
- Stuck feeling
- Takes a toll on your overall mental health and happiness
The situation is different for everyone, so how can we tell when we are nearing the edge of office-burnout and need to make some big life changes?
5 signs you are nearing burnout:
- You have to tell yourself you’re happy/fine. You have to justify it
- You are late to work consistently and have a really hard time getting out of bed in the morning
- You are pulling away from coworkers/don’t enjoy their company as much as you used to
- You get aggravated at small daily things and tasks
- You can barely enjoy a Sunday because of the dread of the start of the week. You’ve gotten close to tears before over the thought of going to work the next day.
The real honest way to tell if you’re nearing office burnout is that it’s all you can think about. If you can’t get the thought of leaving out of your head and it’s there constantly almost every day, it’s probably time to make a change.
The other sneaky thing to watch out for when trying to quit an office job are those occasional good days that will happen at work, normally a Thursday or Friday. This is a trap I fell into for awhile.
I would be miserable ALLLL week at work, but then Friday would come – people would be in a good mood, I’d have no meetings, the weekend is just around the corner….it would turn into a pretty fun day. So then I’d think “hey this isn’t that bad”, until Sunday night came and I’d be miserable again. Office jobs definitely have some great perks, but if you are only happy one day out of the work-week that is no way to live.
If you’re one of those people nearing burn-out, get some help!
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