The need to Find mean­ing in Work leads to Greater emo­tional in­vest­ment

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to lever­age on their on­line pres­ence to the ben­e­fit of their em­ploy­ers, with the in­evitable re­sult that be­ing con­nected 24/7 comes scar­ily close to work­ing 24/7.

Viewed in this light, it’s not mil­len­nial burnout that’s re­mark­able; it’s that the ma­jor­ity of mil­len­ni­als man­age, at least for now, to mask its tell­tale symp­toms. But as Maria knows, if left unchecked, th­ese red flags ac­cu­mu­late un­til they can no longer re­main un­der the radar. Even­tu­ally, burnout’s symp­toms be­come as glar­ing as a mink coat at an an­i­mal-rights demon­stra­tion; its ob­vi­ous ef­fects spill over from the work­place into per­sonal re­la­tion­ships, self-im­age, and even phys­i­cal health.

“’ Tantrum’ is the only word to de­scribe my be­hav­ior on the day my boss in­sisted I take forced leave,” says Maria. “A client can­celled a gig at the last minute, and I to­tally lost it. I slammed down the phone, screamed a stream of f*cks at the top of my lungs, and didn’t come back for two days. I didn’t care what might hap­pen. I’d stopped car­ing long ago...and not just about work.”

That’s how burnout be­gins. “Lit­tle by lit­tle, you care less and less,” she says. “You stop feel­ing in­vested, slowly, un­til pulling a sickie or be­ing late or not de­liv­er­ing isn’t a big­gie. It spread un­til I didn’t even re­ally care about my friend­ships, my health—my en­tire life felt like a sense­less chore.” She pauses a mo­ment, checks her phone, smiles at some mes­sage no­ti­fi­ca­tion and says, “I’m lucky. I was so burned out that I threw my name away. But I kept my job—and I still have friends.”

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