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Stress in the Workplace

This idea comes directly from the A List Apart article titled, "Burnout," written by Scott Boms. All of the content are quotes from the article. I wanted to see what it would look like in prezi.

Alisha Myers

on 4 August 2010

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Transcript of Stress in the Workplace

BURNOUT Always working, absorbing information, and learning new skills Author of "Burnout" What is Burnout? Freudenberger and Gail North How did
this happen? How do I recover from or
prevent burning out? Restoring My Equilibrium Scott Boms Designer PayPal


Toronto Life Magazine A psychological response to "long-term exhaustion and diminished interest" a demon born of the society and times
we live in and our ongoing struggle to
invest our lives with meaning
Herbert J. Freudenberger- American psychoanalyst People who are suffering from burnout tend
to describe the sensation in metaphors of
emptiness-they're a dry teapot over a high flame,
a drained batter that can no longer hold its charge.
-Jennifer Senior
Phases: A compulsion to prove oneself

Working harder

Neglecting one’s own needs

Displacement of conflict (the person does not realize the root cause of the distress)

Revision of values (friends, family, hobbies, etc., are dismissed)

Denial of emerging problems (cynicism, aggression, and frustration become apparent)

Withdrawal from social contexts, potential for alcohol or drug abuse

Behavioral changes become more visible to others

Inner emptiness


Burnout syndrome (including suicidal thoughts and complete mental and physical collapse)

Every day is a bad day You are no longer emotionally
invested in your job You feel unappreciated or do not
feel like you're making a difference
in your job There is a clear disconnect between
your personal values and what
is expected of you Self-defined goals or those
imposed on you are unrealistic
or unreasonable A significant amount of your day
is focused on tasks that are not
fulfilling on a personal
or emotional level Get to the root of the problem What are the stresses in your life? Are there aspects of your job that
do not align with your personal
goals and values? Are you not doing the type
of work you enjoy? Are your
own measures of success realistic? Are you really engaged in the work
you’re doing, or are you just
overloaded? Stop/ Slow down Communicate Set Boundaries and Expectations More Sleep Create a Daily Routine Make Time for Yourself Examine Your Values, Goals, and Measures of Success Focus Change Your Situation Rely on a Good Process Finding a Balance Family
Hobbies " " New York Time Magazine " " If you’re working
50 or more hours a week,
cut that number
to the bare minimum.
If possible, use
up your sick days,
work from home
one day a week,
and take a vacation or
a leave of absence
to give yourself the
time needed to
decompress, reflect,
and reconnect. Career killer?... ...could be if you ignore
the fact that you are
burnout. It should be addressed. Seek counsel and
support from
family, friends, and
industry peers,
or consider more
formal coaching,
possibly through
a local business
network or
wellness center. The days of the
9-to-5 job are gone
and the boundaries
between work and home
are blurred to the point
of non-existence. We're
expected to be available
nearly all the time,... It’s not unusual
for creative types
to do their best
work at the
same time every
day. By this I
mean that it’s
important to follow
our own circadian
rhythms. Hemingway
began writing every
morning at dawn and
explained his choice
this way: There is no one to disturb you and it is cool or cold
and you come to work and warm as you write. You
read what you have written and, as you always stop
when you know what is going to happen next, you
go on from there. - Hemingway " " Spending time with
family, friends, or your
personal interests may
provide the fulfillment
you don’t get at work. So
get out. Go to a museum
or an art gallery. Go to
the library or a concert.
Get some exercise. Play.
Make time for what
makes you happy, and
guard that time fervently. Sleep gives our
brains a chance to
work out problems
and process the
information we’ve
absorbed throughout
the day. Even if you
can function on four
or five hours of sleep,
how much better
would you function
on seven or eight hours? Simply connecting with
things that matter
to you can provide
perspective. Although
burnout is a miserable
experience, it can also
be a great opportunity
for personal growth
and discovery. Modern communication
conveniences provide a
valuable social connection
to the outside world, but
they can also destroy
concentration and clarity. Changing your situation
could be as easy as changing
desks: If you work at home,
spend more time at a local
coffee shop or bookstore
that has free wifi. If you
work in a more traditional
office, change desks or
spend time in another
part of the office. If you don’t have
a good work process,
get one. Talk to your
peers, read up on the
topic, and see what
processes others use.
Experiment and find out
what works for you. If
you already have a
process that you think
works, scrutinize it, clarify
it, and simplify it as
much as possible. Stress in the Workplace A LIST APART
by Scott Boms
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