The start of a new year often brings rejuvenation and excitement about things that lie ahead. However, as time progresses, work overload, inadequate compensation, lack of appreciation and a host of other factors can find employees on the road to job burnout.
For employees with disabilities, this burnout can be compounded by accompanying issues, including lack of adequate accommodations, commute problems, and management of other disability-related demands.
What is Job Burnout?
Job burnout is a specific type of work-related stress that includes physical and/or emotional exhaustion and is characterized by varying factors. These can include:
How Can You Prevent Job Burnout?
Whether you are starting to notice signs of job burnout, or you feel that you’re already immersed in it, there are positive strategies you can implement to prevent it from taking a significant toll on you:
If you have a disability, you can speak with your manager or human resources department about how to request accommodations. While you’re not required to disclose your disability with your employer, according to the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), if you would like an accommodation you must let them know you need an adjustment for a medical-related reason.
For people with disabilities, not only do ERGs provide opportunities for them to network and gain support from those with similar experiences, but they also provide opportunities to address disability-related workplace concerns. If your workplace doesn’t have an ERG that you can plug into, speak with your manager about getting one started.
For others, healthy boundaries may need to be placed around workplace relationships, including limiting the amount of time you spend with those who come across negatively. Negativity has a general tendency to darken moods.
For additional support on how to prevent job burnout, contact the Getting Hired team.
Contributions to this blog were made by Andraéa LaVant of Solutions Marketing Group.