BURNOUT BLUES

I'm totally burned out at the office. Should I tell my boss?

First, ask yourself what you can do to resolve the issue on your own, says Cherryl Neill, success coach and owner of Creative Image Concepts, a career coaching firm in Washington, D.C. “The answers will help clarify the situation,” she says, “even if you do decide to approach your boss.”

Burnout is caused by stress and imbalance-lots of work and little else. You may be able to find a solution on your own. Balance your intense work days by spending more time with family and friends, exercising, increasing the amount of water you drink and eliminating caffeine from your diet.

If you do decide to approach your employer about burnout, specifically address what is wrong with your situation (i.e., too many assignments). Also, come prepared with possible remedies. For example, you might request an extended lunch break, a rearrangement of your work schedule or time off, if needed. If you’re experiencing serious problems-such as disjointed sleep patterns-due to burnout, seek medical attention.

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