Job Burnout: What Is It and How Do You Handle It?

Pursue the opportunities that will reinvigorate your career

Let’s start out by answering a few basic questions.

  1. Are you irritable and impatient with your co-workers, boss and/or patients?
  2. Do you grudgingly struggle to arrive at work?
  3. Do you desire to leave work early every day?
  4. Are you discontented with your accomplishments at your job?
  5. Do you experience any unexplained physical ailments on a daily basis, such as headaches, muscle tension, back pain and/or exhaustion?
  6. Do you lack the energy to be productive?

If you answered “yes” to any of these questions, you may have job burnout.

The Mayo Clinic suggests consulting a doctor or mental health provider because “job burnout” symptoms can indicate other serious health conditions, such as a thyroid disorder or depression.

What Is Job Burnout?

Everyone has experienced terrible days, but job burnout is much different.

Job burnout is constant and reduces both your energy and productivity. In turn, you may feel hostile, pessimistic, vulnerable and doubtful.

According to, “Job burnout is a special type of job stress-a state of physical, emotional or mental exhaustion combined with doubts about your competence and the value of your work.”

In other words, you no longer take satisfaction in the work you do since you may lack the motivation to complete assignments to the best of your ability.

Proactively Handling Job Burnout

First, determine the reasons why your job makes you react negatively.

Are you overworked? Does your boss have outlandish expectations? Are you suffering from lack of a work-life balance?

Do you feel overlooked by your co-workers and not part of a team? Are you not challenged enough?

After you evaluate your situation, you can take steps to remedy the problems in your current position by discussing them with your superiors, or you can start searching for new opportunities.

The most important thing to remember is that your situation is unique. You should do what is most appropriate for you.

If you have a manager who will be receptive to your feelings, it might be worth sitting down to address your job burnout. However, more often than not, that won’t be an option. That’s when it’s time to decide whether you want to switch departments, work for a different company or go back to school.

Finding a Different Job

When the smartest choice is to find a new position, job boards are excellent resources to get you started.

The ADVANCE Healthcare Jobs website lists medical positions in a variety of fields, such as nursing, physical therapy, physician assistant, occupational therapy, health information and more.

Just type a few keywords in the search box and select your city and state. Then, you have a multitude of jobs to review!

If you’e interested in working for a particular company, you should research them further. Narrow your job search results by that employer to see all the positions they have to offer. Their job postings can reveal plenty of helpful information about them, as well as links to pertinent web pages. You can also get firsthand accounts of what it’s like to work for that company by networking with their employees on LinkedIn or reading reviews on and

On the other hand, you may be interested in a career, but lack the credentials for it. Before you enroll in a certification program or obtain a degree, you should first interview someone who is currently in that field. Find out everything you can about his or her position and then you can decide if that’s the best career path for you.

Job burnout is overwhelming, but you have the power to overcome it. Once you determine the cause, you can strategize, make decisions and pursue the opportunities that will reinvigorate your career.

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