1: Lack of Control. Unable to have any or significant influence on decisions that directly impact you. This might include working hours, assignments or schedules which add to your workload. You may also lack control of having adequate resources to do the job.
2: Unclear Job Expectations.
There are times in any job where there may be a misunderstanding about what you were expected to do, and these situations can usually be resolved quickly and positively. However, when these expectations are continually unclear then ‘failure’ is almost inevitable. The obvious solution is to establish clear work roles and goals at the outset or as soon as any lack of clarity arises.
3: Insufficient Reward.
You work long and hard but don’t get the rewards or credit (it’s not always about money) for what you do. Many organisations demand more for less because they are trying to survive in shrinking or more competitive markets or reduced levels of Government funding. That’s just a fact of life. However, many people suffer burnout because they find themselves working for a manager or organisation who takes all of the credit for their efforts, or gives them no recognition.
4: Severe Consequences For ‘Failure.’
We all make mistakes or have days when we just get it wrong. However, those people who work in environments where there are serious consequences for actual or perceived failure or mistakes are more prone to burnout. Lawyers doctors, social workers all have high burnout rates.
5: Dysfunctional Workplace.
Working with, or under dysfunctional management and/or co-workers. Having to deal with workplace bullying or harassment, infighting, toxic workplace relationships, favoritism, can seriously impact your capacity to effectively carry out your role and contribute to burnout.
6: Mismatch in Values.
Many organisations also have values that guide how they operate in their particular market or space. It is rare to work for an organisation whose values exactly mirror your own, and so some degree of compromise is inevitable. Where your values differ significantly or fundamentally from the way your employer does business or handles their staff or clients you run a significant risk of developing burnout.
7: Poor Job Fit.
There is often a trade-off in one area in order to benefit from another. For instance, you might trade more pay for lower fulfilment or vice versa. Most people find this acceptable up to a point. However, if you are simply ‘a square peg in a round hole’, and for example just do not have the skill-set, personality attributes, focus, ambition, or whatever, value-set or whatever, you are putting yourself at risk in the longer term.
8: Isolation and Lack of Social Support.
People who feel isolated either at work and or socially are at higher risk of burnout. This may begin by feeling a lack support from management or colleagues, or that you are ‘on your own’ in your job. This isolation can insidiously spread to family and social relationships over time.
9: Work-Life Imbalance.
If your work IS your life, and all you do or think about is work, or if you find yourself increasingly sacrificing your personal or social time in order to accommodate more work time, you need to take stock.
Once again the loss of work life balance is often very quiet and insidious. Popping into the office over the weekend, taking the laptop home, making work related calls or responding to texts and emails after hours and blurred or non-existent boundaries; ‘Call me over the weekend- I’m not doing much.’
10: High Stress-Time no Down-Time.
We are not designed to operate healthily in a continually stressful environment. Most jobs can be stressful at times and in most workplaces there are critical times when deadlines have to be met, difficult situations addressed, which may require a period of intense activity.
However, when the crunch time is frequent or continuous and there is no provision for downtime to allow staff to recuperate you are sowing the seeds of burnout.