Am I suffering from burnout? 6 questions to ask yourself & what to do about it

As people make their way back to work and everyday life, a phenomenon is taking over the country. There are millions of open jobs, and some restaurants are begging their employees to come back to work. But instead, they’re saying, “I quit!”

Over the past year, as millions of people have been furloughed, many have realized there is more to work than working long hours with little return. Instead, they are craving a career path with more flexibility and more happiness. Dubbed the “Great Resignation,” this event has pushed these individuals over the edge because they are entirely burnt out.

Burnout affects most people at some point in their careers and has currently become a pandemic in its own right. But, like a virus, there are some particular symptoms and causes of burnout. So here are some questions to ask yourself to see if you are suffering from burnout. These questions can help you navigate your feelings and help you realize if it’s time to find a new career path and what the next steps look like.

Here are 6 questions to ask yourself to see if you’re suffering from burnout:

  1. Am I part of the process?
  2. Do I get along with my coworkers?
  3. Do I enjoy the work I do?
  4. Is there enough support?
  5. Is there a work-life balance?
  6. Are there growth opportunities?

What is burnout?

First proposed in 1974, the term “burnout” is a relatively new idea but is now widely accepted. Herbert Freudenberger, a psychologist and author of the book Burnout: The High Cost of High Achievement, first witnessed this effect from his work with free clinics and therapeutic communities. He defined burnout as a “state of mental and physical exhaustion caused by one’s professional life.”

Burnout can be caused by many different factors; however, here are some questions you should be asking yourself to discover if you are actually burnt out at work.

1. Am I part of the process?

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To some degree, everyone should be included in the decision-making process at their jobs. However, if your Manager or Boss consistently makes your schedule, gives you additional assignments, or adds to your workload, all without your input, that can and will get extremely frustrating. For example, maybe you requested some time off, then it was denied, or you were given a project even though your plates completely full; these actions can cause a tremendous amount of stress on employees over time. However, by being a part of the process, employees feel empowered and perform even better.

2. Do I get along with my coworkers?

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While many of us are not looking to find our new best friend at work, we should at least get along and enjoy the company of our coworkers and managers. If your boss consistently micromanages you on every project or a coworker is always making fun of you at work, this can lead to a toxic work environment. In a healthy workplace, you should have some level of camaraderie with your coworkers.

3. Do I enjoy the work I do?

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If you consistently wake up every morning, hit the snooze button, and dread the moment you step into work, it’s probably time to find something new. While most people wish they were doing something more fun than work, your work should bring you some fulfillment in your life. Finding a career path where you see your work is valued, or you tap into some level of creativity or problem solving, work can be something you enjoy and look forward to daily.

4. Is there enough support?

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When you are “in the weeds” or “drowning” at work, it’s not because there are a ton of people helping you out. Instead, these feelings happen because you are overwhelmed by problems at work and lack the necessary support, and if this happens all the time, the amount of stress can be overpowering. Your position shouldn’t make you feel like you’re stuck on an island with no help in sight.

5. Is there a work-life balance?

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While work is a big part of our lives, it cannot be the only part. Everyone has a life, their own responsibilities, their own priorities, and their own passions outside of the office. If you constantly miss out on the best parts of life because you are stuck at work or work is causing problems in your or your family’s lives, it might be time to reevaluate your career path. There should be room to manage all of these aspects of your life and not feel like you are going insane.

6. Are there growth opportunities?

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Feeling like you are stuck in a specific role or not moving up the ladder can indeed lead to burnout. Instead, workers should feel confident that they are growing with the company and have more opportunities available if they perform at or above their expectations. On the other hand, it might be to find a new career path if you don’t see any growth opportunities available soon.

What to do if you are feeling burnout?

You’re here. You’re entirely burnt out, and it’s time to find a new career path. It’s ok. You’re not alone, it’s actually completely normal, and millions of people are feeling the exact same way. But where do you go from here?

Being a coding bootcamp, we are a little biased on what you should do next, but learning a new skill or trade with opportunities for growth  and work-life balance is the right way to go. While there are quite a few career paths with all of these, learning how to code is one of the best routes you can take right now.

The career growth for Software & Web Developers isn’t slowing down; if anything, it’s actually accelerating. Plus, the ability to learn these skills and transition into this career path has never been more accessible. So whether you were a bartender, server, farmer, or boat captain, if you have the motivation and desire to learn, you too can make the switch into this career in a relatively short amount of time.

To help people work through these feelings we’re putting together a special event on August 3rd, 2021. Jake Keller, Career Services Manager at LEARN academy, will discuss how to work through this feeling of burnout and why a tech career can provide the balance you are looking for in life. In addition, we’ve brought together 3 LEARN academy alumni for a special roundtable conversation to talk about how they’ve gone from moving beyond burnout to having a thriving career path. This will be an open discussion on how they did it and how you can do it too. There will also be an open Q&A at the end so you can get all your questions answered!This is a free event, and you can get your tickets here.

How can I LEARN more about a coding career?

Are you suffering from burnout and ready to discover a new career path? Learning how to code and transitioning into a new web & software development career is the best route you can take, and we want to help get you there. LEARN academy, a coding bootcamp, specializes in helping people transition into a coding career path with little to no previous coding experience. Our 4-month intensive web developer bootcamp teaches students in a remote live classroom for 3 months, then guarantees a 1-month coding internship. Following graduation, our in-house Career Services Manager works with you to help you discover your passion and help set you up for a successful career in coding.