What are the deadly dozen circumstances and characteristics that can lead to burnout and empathy fatigue? Check which statements ring true for you, and if you’re nodding at every statement on the list below, please seek support (or at the very least, do a little soul searching).
1. Toxic supervisor and lack of colleague support
2. Little fun at work or in life
3. Only a fuzzy understanding of one’s own needs
4. Lack of a professional process to turn create more competence and less anxiety
5. Emotionally draining issues in one’s personal life
6. An inability to say no to unreasonable requests
7. Vicarious traumatization that takes an accumulated toll
8. Personal relationships characterized by one-way caring (you give, everyone else takes)
9. Constant perfectionism in work tasks
10. Continual unresolved ambiguous professional losses
11. A strong need to be needed
12. Professional success defined solely by outward recognition or appreciation
How did we do? What did we get right and more importantly what did we completely forget to include? Welcome your thoughts and suggestions on dealing with burnout in the comments section below.
This article was republished with permission from SCRUBS Magazine.