Today I am continuing with the series I started last week on burnout. In my previous post I wrote about some of the symptoms of burnout. If you did not get a chance to read that post, you can find it here. Burnout…Part 1.
This is a 3 part series. Today I am going to talk about the causes of burnout. You might have identified some of the symptoms in last week’s post. Lasting resolution to any challenge lies in identifying the root cause and dealing with that.
Causes of burnout can be workplaces related, personality related or family related and at times a combination of all the above.
1. High pressure work environments- Some work places are high pressure in nature. Think of medical staff who work in emergency rooms or chefs who work in extremely busy kitchens. (I am sure you can tell I watch certain tv shows 😂😂😂). Even outside of such environments, most workplaces have high pressure periods when the workload increases. Repeated exposure to high pressure environments or failure to manage the high pressure periods at work can lead to burn out.
2. Too much work can also lead to burnout. Add to this unclear work priorities and you are sure you have a totally burnt out employee.
3. Certain personality types are likely to suffer burnout compared to others. Think of OCD perfectionist. I have heard people talk of their OCD as if it’s something to be proud of and yet it’s a disorder. Until my twins were born I was this type of person but I quickly learnt that my sanity was more important and 80% perfect and done was better than delaying whilst waiting for 100%.
Family related causes
4. In the personal home and family space, one can also pass through periods of pressure that could easily result in burnout. Financial pressures, caring for sick relatives are some examples of periods that can exert enormous emotional pressure and result in burnout if not handled properly.
5. Now can you imagine a combination of the above on one person?? 😥😥 High pressure period at work that is accompanied by an intense period of pressure in the personal space of a person whose personality is prone to burnout? That is a recipe for disaster.
In my next and final post on this series, I will share how to deal with situations that cause burnout and thrive as working moms. Until then, stay calm and in control.