We know that our work environment can be very fast paced and unfortunately burnout has become a common challenge among employees. It’s characterised by feelings of exhaustion, reduced performance, and often a sense of disillusionment with one’s job. Recognising and addressing burnout is crucial not just for your wellbeing but also for maintaining productivity and job satisfaction. One of the key steps in managing burnout is effectively communicating with your employer. I want to give you some guidance on how you can approach and ask your employer for help when feeling burnt out.
Before approaching your employer, it’s important to understand what burnout is. Burnout is a state of emotional, physical, and mental exhaustion caused by prolonged stress. It’s often accompanied by a decrease in motivation and a feeling of disconnect from your job responsibilities.
Take a moment to assess your feelings and symptoms. Are you feeling constantly tired, irritable, or unenthusiastic about work? Recognising these signs early can help in addressing the issue more effectively.
Prepare for the Conversation
- Identify the Causes: Reflect on what aspects of your job are contributing to your burnout. Is it the workload, lack of resources, unrealistic deadlines, or something else?
- Document Your Feelings: Keeping a record of your feelings and experiences can help you articulate your situation more clearly to your employer.
- Research Solutions: Before approaching your employer, have some potential solutions in mind. This could include flexible working hours, a temporary reduction in workload, or even professional support like counselling.
Scheduling the Meeting
Choose a suitable time to discuss your situation with your employer. Preferably, select a time when you both can have an uninterrupted conversation.
During the Conversation
- Be Honest and Direct: Clearly express how you’re feeling and the impact it’s having on your work. It’s important to be open and honest about your situation.
- Present the Causes and Solutions: Share your thoughts on what might be causing your burnout and propose potential solutions.
- Seek Support, Not Sympathy: The goal is to find ways to manage your workload and stress levels, not to elicit sympathy.
- Discuss Adjustments: Talk about possible adjustments in your work pattern or responsibilities that could help alleviate your stress.
After the Meeting
- Follow Up: If any actions or changes were agreed upon, make sure to follow up on them.
- Self-Care: Alongside workplace changes, engage in self-care practices. This could include exercise, hobbies, or spending time with loved ones. Even use tools to support your emotional wellbeing, like my Sanity Saver essential oils.
- Professional Help: Consider seeking help from a mental health professional if you continue to struggle with burnout.
Remember, it’s important to prioritise your health and wellbeing. Employers generally appreciate open and honest communication and are often willing to make accommodations to support their employees. By taking the initiative to address your burnout, you’re not only helping yourself but also setting a positive example for others who might be in a similar situation. Stay proactive about your mental health and don’t hesitate to seek the support you need.