Goh Bang Rui
If you ever experience before a burnout during your studies, be warned. When you step into the working world, be prepared to face your nemesis again. This is a job burnout. Read on to find out tips to combat this deadly nemesis at your workplace.
Ever heard of the word “burnout”? Ever tremble at the sight or sound of this word? One word of caution is that it is to be feared. The question now lies in how to avoid this phenomenon than to fight it since after all, avoidance is the better policy of the two.
How do you do this then? Well, have you ever considered the possibility of a burnout while you are having fun? Zilch?
That’s right, the key to burnout, especially of Singapore job nature, is to let your work be fun or at least enjoyable.
Add in a mundane schedule, sprinkle a little mean boss syndrome and a dash of depression, you can be assured to a miserable existence and an almost certain burnout. This is when you have to laugh. That’s right! Laughters do break the tension when encountered with difficult situations. The more you laugh, the more resistant you are to burnout and your performance at work will definitely improve. Now, you know what keeps you up and going and most importantly, the smile on your face.
Below are a few ways to reduce stress and kick the living daylight out of job burnout.
1. Be more social.
Talk to human beings. There’s always time to find activities which you can enjoy doing with your colleagues, friends and family members. Even better, this will boost your bonds with them and this connection will bring out the best in you and reduce the likelihood of burnout. If you are still resistant to the idea, try this. A number of studies indicate that adults with few friendships and inactive lifestyles are more likely to die prematurely than their active counterparts. Well, perhaps now you can start oiling your social engine.
2. Adding the element of fun in your work life balance
There are several ways to go about this. If you have a break room, go about decorating it. Decorate it for the upcoming holidays or with just cheerful toys and games. Sudoku works well for a breather from your daily workload. A colouring book also works. It brings back your childhood memories which are always welcome among the stifling work. If you think that stuff toys are meant for kids, you can think again.
Decorating your workstation with toys or figurines can do wonders. You’ll be surprised by how many people who passed by your desk actually play with stuff toys, shake the snow globe, or try to tug the beard off Santa Claus figurine. After work, plan an event so that you have something to look forward to. Watch a play, visit the crocodile farm, a local cafe, spa or even the gym. All these activities can be included in your me time or you can always do so in the company of your friends or family.
3. Throw Out the Negativity
You may have listened to conversations going on during office hours. It is not surprising to find out that a huge chunk of these conversations are filled to the brink with negativity. If you’re a pessimist, this may be hard but there’s always the other side of the coin. See the humour in life and knock out negativity in these conversations. You will, as a bonus, knock out the chances of a burnout as well.
With these career tips to avoid job burnout, you can sure knock that Goliath down a peg or two.
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