Building an impactful presence in the office takes time, creativity, constant innovation and research. On top of that, you cannot compromise with your deliverables, making things happen and sharing big ideas with your boss.
Sometimes, the work becomes overwhelming and can lead to burnout. However, you need to know that feeling burnt out at work does not make you incapable of doing your job. It does mean you need to talk to your employer about your mental health.
Going further, we will discuss ways to have effective communication with your boss when you feel crushed, confused, lost, unable to find your way out, seem to have completely lost your focus, and completely exhausted.
Assess Your Condition Rather than Suffering in Silence
Burnout generally happens after prolonged hours of working. But first, why do we work effortlessly at our workplace? To feel like we are personally contributing, leveraging our creativity at its best and connecting with others. This is why we do what we do, and if nothing of this sort happens, we cannot sustain it for long.
These scenarios of exhaustion due to workload, constant tiredness, deteriorating health due to work pressure, blocked mind and creativity have become all too common at work. So, if you are the one who is feeling job burnout, energy depletion or exhaustion, negativism related to your job or increased mental distance from your job and reduced professional efficacy; do not ignore the condition. Share your condition with your boss rather than suffering in silence. Let’s see how.
First, you will have to provide context to help your boss understand your feelings. You can get to the root of the problem by addressing some questions and then start the conversation. These include your top priorities, most mentally draining aspect of your job, what’s holding you back from focusing on big projects, the contribution of existing management styles to burnout if any or any personal stress. Once you are ready to talk, try for an in-person conversation or a call and avoid communicating over emails or chat.
Think of a Solution
Before you approach your boss to discuss your problem, have a mind solution. Do some brainstorming about “what better you want if not this right now?” Maybe that’s minimising working hours, focussing on big picture projects or new resources to manage your workload.
Do remember that you will not fix workplace burnout in a single conversation. So, be patient with yourself. Also, follow up with your manager, even if things are working well. Your boss will want to know that you feel revitalised, productive and supported.
Is your manager not supportive enough?
Well, this is the worst-case scenario. Generally, it matters to a boss if his employee feels crushed or overwhelmed at work. Still, if your boss doesn’t do anything to deal with the problem or doesn’t find it an issue, you should continue advocating for yourself rather than continuing to suffer.
Do whatever you find best, accessible and comfortable – seek the help of team members, keep reminding your boss that you cannot handle so much or take a break from work. However, if you still find your boss least supportive, it is time to search for better opportunities.
Employee burnout is both a common and massive problem in various workplaces. There are chances that your manager is familiar with you or your team member managing burnout at the workplace, and willing to give a more manageable workload to the team but waiting for someone to approach.
Occupational burnout is common and pervasive. Restoring interest, speed and balance in your work life might feel like a big no when you feel burnt out at work, but you are not alone in it. Communicating your feelings, mental health issues, stress levels, and emotional exhaustion to your boss is brave and the best way to rejuvenate.