We should all be laughing now! YES… YOU! And laughing each day! A sad countenance does no one any good. Not the person with the inner sadness or the people around them.
Health experts say that we need at least twelve good laughs a day to stay healthy. I am guessing that my office mates would say that I get at least that many “belly laughs” a day. And I have a raucous laugh. It is loud and contagious. And on days when others are not quite so happy, it is probably annoying. –sorry-
Recent research from the University of Haifa reported that employees who have high levels of emotional intelligence are not only more dedicated at work, but also have a higher satisfaction level. The study also proved what business owners and Human Resource managers have always known… employees with higher levels of emotional intelligence are assets to the organization.
“I believe it will not be long before emotional intelligence is incorporated in employee screening and training processes and in employee assessment and promotion decisions.” – Dr. Galit Meisler
As we have discussed earlier, some level of burnout over your career is almost unavoidable. But it is important to know the warning signs as well as the emotional and physical damage caused by job burnout in order to either avoid the collision when you see it coming or to recover if you missed the early warning.
Avoid or Overcome Burnout…
There are many causes of job burnout. Sometimes it can be that a person is working in a job that is not properly suited to their natural talents and abilities, causing them to work much harder than the work duties actually require. Other reasons cited for burnout include a mis-match of key values between the company and the employee. Someone who is working outside of his or her value system is a prime candidate for burnout.
Other work-related causes of burnout are:
- Lack of a feeling of control over your work
- Unclear or “moving” job expectations
- Working in a high-pressured environment
- Lack of recognition or appreciation for a job well-done
It is the rare individual who, at some point in their working life, does not experience some degree of job burnout. There are varying degrees of burnout and noticing the signs as well as taking some action to prevent full-blown burnout can stave off most cases. Burnout was first studied and reported in the 1970s through the Maslach Burnout Inventory methodology. This tool continues to be the standard today for measuring burnout and is based on a three dimensional model:
- Exhaustion (physical)
- Cynicism (emotional)
- Inefficacy (lack of results/productivity)
Herbert Freudenberger coined the term “burnout” in 1974. Along with colleague and psychologist, Gail North, they established common phases of the burnout process. They are: