The emails are piling up, unread. Deadlines are blown. Once jovial video calls are now tense. You suspect burnout.
The feeling is an increasingly common one. In a September survey of nearly 700 professionals by consulting firm Korn Ferry, 89% said they were suffering from burnout. Some workers are leaving their jobs as a result. Others are moving to other cities or making similarly drastic changes.
But you don’t have to quit your job to combat burnout. There are ways to self-assess, work with your manager and improve your mental health.
“There is a tendency for people to view burnout as a personal mental health issue, so it’s their problem, not anybody else’s. And if it’s your problem, then you’re the one that’s going to have to fix it. But there’s a whole other part of this, which is the workplace and the chronic job stressors that are the sources of burnout,” said Christina Maslach, a professor of psychology at the University of California, Berkeley.