Can I go on my break??

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I see this everyday at my work. Managers and part-time associates getting “burnt out” on their work, their hours, or even the job itself. I constantly question myself when I get burnt out of my own work. Questions like “where is my motivation?, whats the point of doing this task?, do I need to be here right now?” I spend time wondering why my associates get burnt out as well and see what I can do to avoid this in the future.

Let’s face it, all jobs have an agenda, timelines, very tedious tasks, etc. It’s very easy to get into ruts and think about the million other things we’d rather be doing. If it’s snowing, I’d rather be skiing. If it’s sunny, I’d rather be at the beach. My dad always said that “if you don’t enjoy the other five days out of the week, you’re doing something wrong.”

So the first task in avoiding being burnt out is to start at the beginning and find a job you like and enjoy. But if your already in a job you don’t enjoy, try to find something that is enjoyable. Or even set small personal goals to make the job seem more enjoyable. You have to be there, so you might as well make the most of it.

Now from a managers point of view. Recognizing that your employees moral is down takes experience. This is something you need to be extremely proactive on when dealing with this issue. If one employee is feeling burnt out, it is extremely likely that there are others. Take a look at your daily tasks and train a new employee a new job and give the older employees different tasks. This will give newer employees more confidence in themselves and will give the older employees a break.

You can use this as another learning tool as a matter of fact. Figure out if you’re motivating your employees enough, or setting high enough goals. Keeping the same routine day in and day out can end an employee’s motivation faster than they can say “I quit.” If you can establish a trust foundation between your an your employees, they will be more willing to do what you ask knowing that you have their best interest in mind. The trust component will also create a more enjoyable work environment and will long term lead to a more productive workplace.