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What does burn out feel like?

Sapient Razorfish
citylover

Sapient Razorfish

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SAP, RBC
citylovermore
Mar 13

Can't tell if genuinely overworked/tired, unmotivated or inefficient with my time

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  • Google wumbo
    I'm sure different people think of it differently, but I would say "burnout" is the feeling that starts to fade in when you're exposed to high stress situations at a higher frequency than you're used to coping with, and the frequency stays high for long enough that you actually start to lose hope that you'll be able to make it go away in your current role.
    It essentially makes you prone to not care about things you otherwise would, like responding to pages quickly or participating in team meetings. You mentally "check out".
    Mar 132
    • Google wumbo
      And yeah I feel like there's overlap with how people get when they're in a slump or depressed, but maybe it's more like apathy towards work rather than sadness.
      Mar 13
    • Sapient Razorfish
      keener

      Sapient Razorfish

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      keenermore
      Spot on with how I feel. Finding I can't really enjoy life outside of work without feeling some sort of guilt/frustration related to a work issue.
      Mar 13
  • Magic Leap / R&Db8nk5y
    If you find yourself doing busywork like answering emails, searching and reading stuff on the web not related to your immediate work, I would say you are probably inefficient. If you are steadily doing work and more and more gets piled on, then you are going to feel burned out.
    Mar 137
    • Sapient Razorfish
      keener

      Sapient Razorfish

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      SAP, RBC
      keenermore
      First scenario sounds like a coworker or two of mine. Very frustrating to be surrounded by and not sure how to address as one of them is senior to me.

      Second scenario valid - feel there's been a lot of context switching for the most part on work that's being a bit difficult to manage at times as well as picking up extra slack/re-doing work co-workers have neglected to follow through correctly on.
      Mar 13
    • Magic Leap / R&Db8nk5y
      That feeling of unfairness can be hard to shake off. You can either leave and try find a better environment or make adjustments to make things more equitable - say by communicating in as tactful a way as possible that your workload is too high or to give you time to focus and finish one project at a time
      Mar 14
    • Sapient Razorfish
      keener

      Sapient Razorfish

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      SAP, RBC
      keenermore
      Someone told me once that it's easier to change workplaces vs. change people. In this case it's more the types of personalities I'm working alongside that don't seem to be motivating me.
      Mar 14
    • Magic Leap / R&Db8nk5y
      Well if you feel the entire company has this culture, then seek to find a new workplace and focus your own questioning during interviews to probe as much as you can about their culture. Sometimes it’s only the team, so a team transfer might work too. Tell them you want to work on something else more aligned with your interests.
      Mar 14
    • Sapient Razorfish
      keener

      Sapient Razorfish

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      SAP, RBC
      keenermore
      Ah company right now is more agency/consultancy vs. in-house tech so always different assignments yet when I bring up new interests I end up just doing 50/50 on one project and a lot of context switching vs. complete shifts in new work.

      Any advice on specific questions to ask to gauge culture? Or more even things to be cautious of during interviews when asking about culture?
      Mar 14
    • Magic Leap / R&Db8nk5y
      I would directly ask them things like what is their philosophy on handling multiple projects? Try not to “lead” the question by hinting what kind of answer you want to hear. Ask the question in a neutral way so they can answer honestly.
      Mar 14
    • Magic Leap / R&Db8nk5y
      Now, the other approach is to realizing that context switching is not working for you so you should seek self-help advice on how others deal with this same problem. You may find a way to change your working style to make things more tolerable. For example, maybe you can set your own schedule and dedicate a whole day on one project and the next day to the other. You can even try proposing this to your boss to show you are mature enough to recognize a problem with your current work flow and you are proactively proposing a solution to try fix it.
      Mar 14
  • Tesla Nieldegras
    Question: so do you tell your manager this? Or just take some time off? Seek therapy? Take a sabbatical? What are some things have y’all done that helped?
    Mar 136
    • Sapient Razorfish
      keener

      Sapient Razorfish

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      SAP, RBC
      keenermore
      Being early in my career, seems like I just want to tough it through.. but it helps ensuring I have time planned aside for vacation. Therapy seems to be my boyfriend as finding a good therapist is like a needle in a haystack.
      Mar 13
    • Twitter wodujebd
      If you can tell your manager is supportive of you definitely have a chat if you're stressed about work. I was burned out for a while emotionally about work, vacation didn't help (why would it if the problem is still there) but chatting with my manager did.
      Mar 14
    • Sapient Razorfish
      keener

      Sapient Razorfish

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      SAP, RBC
      keenermore
      What's the best way of going about communicating this to my manager? Have always hesitated during 1:1s and seem to sugar coat how everything is actually going. Fear coming across as too emotional or weak..
      Mar 14
    • Twitter wodujebd
      Depends on your relationship with your boss, some are more open to personal discussions, others more professional. You can tune your language to fit your managers style, but it's best that you keep the communications clear and not sugar coat your problems. Your boss's job is to keep you productive, and the best way to let him help you is express your issues. Ymmv
      Mar 14
    • Sapient Razorfish
      keener

      Sapient Razorfish

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      SAP, RBC
      keenermore
      Good points. And boss is her* :)
      Mar 14
    • Twitter wodujebd
      God damn it, I kept it gender neutral all the way till the last bit and slipped
      Mar 14
  • Do you constantly worry about staying afloat? Do deadlines override your personal life? Are you afraid of having a sick day because you won’t be able to recover?

    That’s burnout.
    Mar 131
    • Sapient Razorfish
      keener

      Sapient Razorfish

      PRE
      SAP, RBC
      keenermore
      First two points yes. Third point, more so taking more WFH days to cope with stress alone and focus more. Tend to WFH sometimes to avoid faking small talk/making it seem like everything is okay..
      Mar 13
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  • Google goog-mtv
    Sometimes it happens after your burned. It effects you mentally
    Mar 130
  • Axtria DesiLaunda
    So relatable. Are you me?
    Mar 130
  • Microsoft mseX64
    That sounds like depression
    Mar 130

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