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Old 01-06-06, 02:37 PM   #1
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I am completely burned out at my job. I dread coming to work and find ways to avoid doing work while at work (hey to bikeforums). Unfortunately, I work in a very specialized field and jobs are few and far between. To change jobs, I will need to get lucky or change careers.

Any tips on how to deal with it, or is the writing on the wall?

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Old 01-06-06, 02:47 PM   #2
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Any chance of taking a leave of absence? Maybe a little time away to recharge your batteries is on order, rather than throwing it all away...
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Old 01-06-06, 03:08 PM   #3
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Can you change departments within your company and switch gears that way?
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Old 01-06-06, 03:33 PM   #4
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Knowing your job/career may help with advise. Sounds like you're not being challenged in your job any more and it's become boring.
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Old 01-06-06, 03:53 PM   #5
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yeah, I hear ya man. I've come to dread my job too. Cuda's right in my case, just no challenge any more. I'm packing up and moving out west this summer/fall (need to take advantage of some training first)
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Old 01-06-06, 03:53 PM   #6
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Yep, figure out what part of it is causing you the most grief. WOrk on that spot.

My last major burnout was over politics taking precedence over reason...pretty much they decided to make me a one man army, and there was just way too much to be done within the 8hrs (OT is not allowed without express approval...and for fun...I can't get approval on my shift since the folks needed to approve were first shift).

Finally I got them to place me on first, and it has been great so far. Bad side is I get to deal with even more politics, but on the bright side, i can now get my say in on things that affect me as well.

I found that burnout is more often than not a feeling of being powerless about the happenings in your workday. Find out what you need to make your job there better, and go for it (no, not a 2mil/year raise...as nice as it sounds, that's a bit much).

Seriously, just go out there and get your voice heard. Don't rant or whine, just state some key points of job frustration and offer a list of practical solutions. Even if they say no, they might have not been fully aware of the need for some re-arranging of their processes, or need for extra manpower, etc. Managers often end up being creatures that sit in conference rooms more often than actually being around those they manage, so sometimes a polite reality check is in order.
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Old 01-06-06, 04:31 PM   #7
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Old 01-06-06, 05:06 PM   #8
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http://www.ordersomewherechaos.com/r.../2003/burnout/

http://www.psychwww.com/mtsite/smburnt.html

http://healing.about.com/cs/selfactu...orkburnout.htm
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Old 01-06-06, 05:13 PM   #9
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Just because you don't want to do it anymore isn't always a good reason to split. Is there anything further to be learned in your field?

If you know it is time to move on, then move on. However, many of us feel a lull period in anything we commit ourselves towards, whether it be a job or hobby. Do we just up and quit, or do we work through the burnout?
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Old 01-06-06, 05:36 PM   #10
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Can you change departments within your company and switch gears that way?
Ask for a meeting with an EAP (employee assistance program), get your thinking sorted out, then see what options there are for you in the company, a temporary assignment for 6 months to one year might help. Escape to the internet is usually a hole that is hard to get back out of. Night school to test a career change wouldn't hurt, could be fun too. Good Luck!
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Old 01-06-06, 07:50 PM   #11
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I walked away from a secure job and a company where I was a part owner. It just got to the point where every day, I had to wake up extra early and pep talk myself into getting the enthusiasm to go to work. One day, I just decided it wasn't worth it anymore. I left a letter detailing my dissatisfaction, then hopped a train to Seattle to visit a friend. I could not stop laughing. After that, I made a deal with myself- if I ever find myself feeling lke I can't go into work, then I'm going to quit. Man, did I feel liberated.

What you can do is what I did- I listed the stuff I liked to do, then started researching the field. I got some information, attended lectures and seminars to learn about the field, then found some people in the field that liked me and got hired. It's less than what I got paid at the desk job, but I like it and I like what I do.

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Old 01-06-06, 08:18 PM   #12
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Thanks all for your input. There are some valuable suggestions contained in this thread.

I have been feeling this way since September.

I do not like my boss because he has no vision. Myself and my peers have been working on him for years to support our efforts, but he is doesn't share our passion. The guy is a walking, talking dilbert cartoon.

In addition to this problem, I am in a professional field that is suffering tremendous competitive pressures due to the current adminstration's policies. Almost a whole generation of workers will be leaving the field. The point is there is no joy for anyone and everyone is hunkering down for long dry spell.

So, it seems that I will need to change employers and/or change my career focus.

There is one job in my field that I have applied for and pray that I can get. It is a long shot, but professionally and personally it would be very rewarding. The employer has a strong team that is compeititve and politically influential. I see a lot of the ingrediants of success present.

My backup plan is to take a big pay cut and beg my way into an entry level position in a complementary field and work my way back up the ladder. In spite of short term pain, I think this would be the most rewarding option. This option may provide me the better work/life balance that I really want but can't achieve in my current position. For a long time, I was afraid of the short term economic consequences, but I finally truly realize that there are more important things than money.

Per some of your advice, I did find out that my employer offers confidential career conseuling that includes outplacement. I will make an appointment to talk with them. I think they may be able to advise me about the career change that I am seeking.

The blessing of this mess has been that I finally think that I know what is important to me and how I want to spend my time. I just need the luck to get to where I want to be and hopefully avoid unemployment in the meantime. I figure that I have 9 months left at my current place of employment so I need to get moving on this project.

Again, I really appreciate your perspectives.
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I left a job that gave me minimum 42K a year but I was sooo burnt out too......
And when I questioned why I put soooo much effort into making someone elses
life rich at the expense of my own I did not like the answer I gave myself.
I sold everything I could that was worth anything or I owed on, 4 motorcycles,
guitars, got rid of a huge mortgage and now work crappo part time jobs while
working on starting my own business. We eat Raman noodles and wont be
buying a new SUV anytime soon but I am learning a valuable lesson.....
You cannot buy quality of life ! It is worth more than any paycheck !
I would rather live like a bhuddist monk and be happy than like one of the Hiltons
and be burnt out .
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Old 01-06-06, 09:10 PM   #14
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BillyBob (great name, btw!),
do you mind sharing what you do? if not, that is fine, but I am wondering if you could get into some consulting work regarding your profession. sounds like there will be a deficit of skilled workers out there and you may be able to contract yourself out. this would allow you to continue doing the profession that you have chosen (provided you still like it) and would keep you from working for any terrible length of time with Dilbert-clones.

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...I do not like my boss because he has no vision. Myself and my peers have been working on him for years to support our efforts, but he is doesn't share our passion. The guy is a walking, talking dilbert cartoon...
Any chance you can help your boss realize that he's burned out and needs a career change?
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Old 01-06-06, 11:28 PM   #16
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I left a job that gave me minimum 42K a year but I was sooo burnt out too......
And when I questioned why I put soooo much effort into making someone elses
life rich at the expense of my own I did not like the answer I gave myself.
I sold everything I could that was worth anything or I owed on, 4 motorcycles,
guitars, got rid of a huge mortgage and now work crappo part time jobs while
working on starting my own business. We eat Raman noodles and wont be
buying a new SUV anytime soon but I am learning a valuable lesson.....
You cannot buy quality of life ! It is worth more than any paycheck !
I would rather live like a bhuddist monk and be happy than like one of the Hiltons
and be burnt out .

Amen. Amen. Amen. I am willing to make a similar sacrifice to increase my quality of life. If I am miserable, my family is miserable and a few extra bucks doesn't make it right.

Recently, I reread Walden by Thoreau. It is a book that I couldn't appreciate as a high school student, but now it really makes an impression.
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Old 01-06-06, 11:29 PM   #17
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Any chance you can help your boss realize that he's burned out and needs a career change?
Nah, he is quite comfortable. His bosses hired him to keep the status quo which he does. He has a fat salary and needs more years for his pension. Unfortunately, he won't be promoted either.
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Old 01-06-06, 11:32 PM   #18
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Liz,

Thanks for your comment. My plan "C" is to get a job with health insurance and launch my consulting career. I dream of a consulting career but I would have to work into it having some steady income and health insurance.
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