The Burnout Quiz
Here’s your job fatigue checklist. If any of these sound familiar, it could be time for a change
You’re underpaid with no guaranteed raises ahead. You’re tired of co-workers trashing each other. Whatever your boss says makes you seethe.
Set up a “360 review” with HR, says Jessica Jaffee of the employee review website Glassdoor. This is when you and the team can confidentially talk about the boss. You’re bored but don’t want any new challenges. You’re an extrovert with few people to interact with.
Burnout is more likely if your personality and job duties are a mismatch, research shows. Find ways to diversify your duties to better match your personality, like collaborating with co-workers on a project. Your career path and training don’t point to your dream job.
Remind yourself of why you took the position, and pursue skills that might help you land the gig you want, says career coach J.T. O’Donnell. You don’t have enough time to handle your workload. Stress rises all day and hardly stops once you’re home.
At the end of each workday, rate your stress on a scale of 1 (no problem) to 10 (bonkers). Do this for a week or two, and then assess the results. If more than half of your scores register above a 5, that’s unhealthy, so start looking, O’Donnell says. Your paycheck is your only motivation for staying.