Are you suffering from “Burn-Out”?

An expanded definition for the office minion!
Test YourselfJune 7, 2019
In the recent update of its catalogue of diseases and injuries, the W.H.O. has officially recognised workplace “burn-out” as an ailment. Here is the WHO’s definition – in full:

“Burn-out is a syndrome conceptualized as resulting from chronic workplace stress that has not been successfully managed. It is characterized by three dimensions:
feelings of energy depletion or exhaustion;
increased mental distance from one’s job, or feelings of negativism or cynicism related to one’s job; and
reduced professional efficacy.
Burn-out refers specifically to phenomena in the occupational context and should not be applied to describe experiences in other areas of life.”

Concise, but lacking examples for self examination! So here is our handy, real world guide to workplace causes and symptoms! …

Burn-out is "a syndrome conceptualised as resulting from chronic workplace stress that has not been successfully managed...

… due to clients who have climbed to management but have no clue what they are trying to achieve! (but love to control everything!)

… by superiors who are vague with instructions but have crystal clear opinions on your work! (They are still testing you!)

… because your colleagues are world class wayang and tai-chi kings, and you have no headspace to compete with them! (You think it’s about hard work ah?)

… because some of your more “interesting” colleagues are constantly surprised at their actual job scope (three years in!)

… due to the impending company off-site with team-building games, and the year-end Christmas fancy dress party with mandatory catwalk event. (Forced fun is still work!)

The syndromes defined in the list are inclusive but really should have practical real-world examples, such as:

1) An increased attachment to the handicapped toilet to play with your phone in the middle of the work day!
2) An increased desire to nap in the fire escape after lunch!
3) An impulse to make lots of coffee slowly at the office pantry throughout the day even though you don’t drink the stuff!
4) You take major, aggressive issue with the tracking accuracy of the mouse that IT has provided to you and you let everyone around you know. It’s also been 6 months!
5) A willingness to stand (and gossip) with your smoking colleagues at the loading/unloading bay even though you don’t smoke… and you find it disgusting!
6) An unreserved urge to imitate your boss’ walking gait on a Friday afternoon at 4:30pm!
7) The feeling of triumph when you take 30mins more for lunch than officially allowed!
8) The thought of going to work triggers a bizarre facial tick or causes you to struggle to pronounce the letter ‘T’!
9) You plan your MCs a month in advance, on the office online calendar, for all to see.
10) You find yourself staring at the office stationery and wonder what that pencil would feel like pushed into your own eyeball! Or better yet, your obnoxious boss’!

Conclusion : If you recognise any of these causes or symptoms then you may be suffering from burn-out! Or maybe you’re actually too clever for everyone? If you are doing any of these things maybe you’re not actually burnt-out and it’s time to move on to something even more challenging in your life! Good Luck!

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