When I heard the term burnout before, I thought about long hours, stress, no vacation. And apparently I’m not the only one thinking like this, or at least I was thinking like this until a few days ago.
I found myself describing the term burnout in an email this way: “repetitive tasks that don’t represent a professional challenge” and in the reply I got to my email I was pointed out that my definition was not correct because burnout has other causes, mainly extreme levels of stress or overtime. “Good point” I thought, but I had a gut feeling there must be another nuance to this and started a little research.
The first result I got when searching the Internet for burnout was a Wikipedia article and it turns out there are multiple causes and effects of Occupational burnout:
Burnout is a type of psychological stress. Occupational burnout or job burnout is characterized by exhaustion, lack of enthusiasm and motivation, feelings of ineffectiveness, and also may have the dimension of frustration or cynicism, and as a result reduced efficacy within the workplace.
That’s exactly what I was feeling: lack of enthusiasm and motivation, lack of control, feeling of ineffectiveness at work. Other articles mention this:
The profile of an employee who suffers from burnout may surprise you. It is often a person who cares deeply about his or her job but hits a roadblock somewhere along the way and simply stops caring – sometimes as a matter of self-defense.
Burnout can result from too little stimulus. Workers complain that the job has gone stale. That it’s repetitive, monotonous and simply doesn’t challenge them enough.
The entire article about burnout can be found here, it explains the main causes of burnout and the things you can do about it.
I read all these articles after I took my decision to act on this, but they just confirmed my choice was the right one. I knew I had to do something about it, to get out of the comfort zone and work on something new.
Thinking retrospectively, I encountered this kind of stress before, but now I felt it was the moment to make a change. It was not an easy decision, but I decided to part ways with the company I was working for and start something new, that I’m really passionate about.
I still love the web and my profession, so I started dueblo.com with my brother in law Andrei Bacter, who is an awesome designer and as passionate about design as I am about web development. If you got an idea or project you need help with, we’re open for business and we offer design and web development services.