Career burnout is often accelerated by subtle (or not so subtle) signals from those above (read, management). If you are the owner … you may put out these messages.

Executives often perceive and talk about negative work attitudes or postures that are taken by those they report to. Even at the highest levels of the organization this can occur.

It is clear that one key area of job burnout is the conflict between the values of doing well on the job and doing well at home and in your personal life. Having a healthy total life is crucial for success.

Many times the requirements of the job or the position can be in conflict with personal values and principles. This leads leaders and professionals to believe they are in a no-win situation and that they hagve to play their career off against having a satisfying and fulfilling life outside work.

Here are some of the work related ‘stress signals’ that we most hear about. I’ve written more extensively about them in other posts.

  • Burnout, Work and Family – Burnout, work and family are all connected. Burnout affects all areas of life, and will require solutions that take regard for every area.
  • Career Advancement and Burnout – Career advancement and burnout often get inseparably linked when moving up is the only priority.
  • Burnout and Company Loyalty – When the company agenda comes before anything else, one thing may be said, but another is practiced and subtly expected.
  • Burnout and Overtime – The ‘first one in’ and ‘last one out’ measurement can be brutal on individuals and families.
  • Burnout and Expendable Employees – If employees think the organization doesn’t have much concern about them, it raises the stress level and decreases motivation.
  • Workplace Values and Burnout – Values need to be backed up with reality. They need to be lived out in daily routine and interactions or they contribute to career burnout.

Let’s not let our organization be known for the negative side of these characteristics. Examine your own attitudes as a leader or executive and see what subtle (or not so subtle) signals you give off.