Fix Burnout—Without Blowing Up Your Life

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.

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