Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Dr. Beverly Potter on Dealing with Job Burnout

I think Dr. Beverly Potter's comments on my "Leadership Burnout Assessment" post are worth repeating in a main post. I would highly recommend Beverly's books,  Preventing Job Burnout, Transforming Work Pressures into Productivity and Overcoming Job Burnout, How to Renew Enthusiasm for Work. The first book was a great help to me several years ago when overload was edging toward burnout.

Dr. Potter notes:

Burnout is a kind of job depression, caused by feelings of uncontrollability – powerlessness. It diminishes motivation and performance nose-dives.

Burnout is stressful, but not caused by stress. Stress and burnout are not on a continuum. Stress MUST be dealt with because, when left unchecked, it can lead to health issues. But reducing stress does not reduce burnout, except when doing so increases your sense of control.

The process is unique for each person. So the first step is to identify what is getting you down. Begin by noticing what is going on each time that you get “that” feeling. then makes notes on it in a journal. After several days, review your “data’, looking for patterns. Those patterns point to the causes of your burnout and to the intervention points.

For more info on the symptoms., causes and what to do about burnout visit my site where I have many articles on overcoming job burnout. -docpotter

There are many helpful books out there on avoiding or dealing with job burnout. Take advantage of them. When working with your Executive Coach, tell them what you have been reading.


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  2. William L. ConwillMay 12, 2009 at 8:46 PM

    Excellent services/resources you provide in times of economic instability and uncertainty about employability. Also, Dr. Potter's advice on surviving by "riding the waves" is a great metaphor.