In my lifetime, I have had a chance to work in different companies both in public and private sector, in hospitality environment, in a start up, as well as in a well established enterprise; and no matter where I went, I have identified the 13 types of colleagues that you are bound to meet no matter where you are.
It is tough and challenging to juggle around 10 super urgent things at the same time and yet we all do it on daily basis. The funny thing is, that by the time we complete one task, something even more urgent comes up and the circle never ends. So what do should we do to avoid burning out? How do we approach the endless circle of urgent events that at the end add up to a pay check that is, for some of us, not even as rewarding, as a better working environment would be?
Three years ago, I was interning at a private clinic, an internship which taught me patience, understanding of running a business, and mistakes not to repeat if one day I hold a senior position. It also brought my way a health issue, with which I am still dealing daily. My doctor explained that these are the consequences of a 24 hrs work schedule, where we give so much energy and effort to an employer, who does not care, or if he/she does, doesn't show any appreciation in return. His advice was to take a step back and learn how to break away from work when I get home. Easier said than done.
Some people, try out sports to get their mind off work once they are, well, off work. This is also something on my list starting tomorrow. Anyway, the point is that we try and find distractions, and for some people it may be sports, for others the comfort of being surrounded by the loved ones. The thing is that we underestimate how much work can influence our daily life, though. If you have an employer that does not really follow through with you or leaves you hanging out there, they may plant a seed of self-doubt, insecurity and heightened sense of self-awareness. This may then lead to bringing home added issues and irritation, frustration caused by what one may consider unsuccessful or productive work day. This then starts the ball rolling with all small issues that come to light due to previous irritation - further adding to the list of problems in the circle of issues.
Regretfully, many of us out there, end up burning out. The pressure of succeeding, going beyond the expectations is too high for one to handle. Everyone, and I mean literary everyone, family, friends, loved ones, expect you to grow and succeed; your employer expects you to be available always and be dedicated to the job and you expect yourself to be able to handle the stress - and when you do not handle it well - you break down.
There is no one person to blame for the circumstances, it is a feeling that comes from the attitude that surrounds us at work. How do our colleagues react to similar situations? Are we the only ones under pressure? Colleagues sooner or later, and whether we like it or not, become our fiends. Not all of them and not on the same level, but having spent 8 hours a week with each other, we do develop a connection that we share. We build alliances and we power through the work together. It is extremely important to have the support system that holds you together when you reach the bottom of the slump. And for that, I am thankful to be surrounded by the people that make a difference each day.
However, at the end of the day, all I keep thinking to myself is "Is this race really worth it?" Is it really worth spending so much energy on something with so little return? Or maybe it is worth it and I am just not seeing clearly. Anyone have guidelines or advice?
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