People who put in long hours and are stressed because of work often hit a breaking point and burnout is the result. The symptoms of burnout, including disinterest in work, fatigue and cynicism, can be similar to depression. What’s distinctive about burnout, however, is that you feel much better when you’ve had a break from work and you can trace your frustration to a lack of control or support in the workplace.
It’s a common scourge. According to a 2011 survey of Canadian executives, 54 percent of managers cited burnout and morale as a top concern.
How can you deal with burnout? The Mayo Clinic recommends figuring out exactly what’s been stressing you at work, and then having a conversation with your manager. The tone of the conversation should be honest, calm and constructive. Focus on solutions: Do you need a mentor? Would having more input into decisions help? Perhaps there’s a way to better distribute the workload?