There Is No Such Thing as Burnout | Career Angles

With kudos to Ken Coleman, there is no such thing as burnout. You are feeling something and experiencing something but it isn’t that.

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I'm Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter. There's no such thing as burnout. And I know you believe it. And I want to help dissect what burnout really is professionally so this way, you describe it accurately, not this casual amorphous phrase that means nothing except you feel like toast.

Now, I don't want to claim credit for all of this. I identified some of it. But there's a guy named Ken Coleman, who lays it out beautifully. Now, he defines the causes of burnout in a couple of different ways. You have no passion for your work. You're in a toxic work environment. You're bored. You're feeling overwhelmed or you're feeling underappreciated? And thus, what do you do?

Well, the answer is you deal with each of these and figure out how to rediscover your why in office. If you're bored, you have to look at making job changes, because maybe it's not the work. Maybe it's the place that you're doing the work. Change your attitude, which is probably the hardest thing out of all this is to try and change your attitude toward this because the next firm isn't going to want . . . isn't going to want to hire someone who's carrying baggage from the previous environment. You have to pull yourself together again, change your role, change your location, redefine the problem, and reconstitute your strengths again because the reality is, as you look at these different things, if you're feeling underappreciated, well, I'm going to simply say, find a way of feeling appreciated.

You know, it doesn't mean you need applause or pats on the back. But, you know, the fact is, if you're being ignored. Tell your boss you want some attention. It's not that you need attention all the time. But when you do something good, you want to hear about it. If you're being overworked because you're there late at night, and not seeing your family, this isn't gonna last for very long. You have to change that and say, I can't go on like this. I want to get some of this dumped off of me and put onto someone else . . . or you go to a place that will appreciate you.

But when all is said and done, there's no such thing as burnout. Again, you have no passion for your work environment, it's toxic. with people around you who are gossipy or bad teammates or poor leadership. You're bored or feeling overwhelmed or feeling underappreciated. Each of these can be remedied. You know what to do. Go out and change each of the ones that affect you.

Hope you found this helpful. I'm Jeff Altman. My website is Go to the site and go exploring. There's a lot there to help you. And if you're interested in one on one coaching, you can schedule time with me. I'd love to help you-- Help you change jobs, improve your work-life balance, help you with a career transition, help you be the woman or man you want to be.

Hope you have a terrific day and most importantly, be great. Take care.


there is no such thing as burnoutJeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter is a career and leadership coach who worked as a recruiter for more than 40 years. He is the host of “No BS Job Search Advice Radio,” the #1 podcast in iTunes for job search with more than Career Angles | Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter2000 episodes, and is a member of The Forbes Coaches Council.

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