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By Carla Perrotta
Are you feeling under-appreciated, underpaid and overworked? If you find that you have lost your motivation and enthusiasm and feel emotionally exhausted most of the time, you may be facing a condition that is increasingly rearing its head in the healthcare industry: burnout.
Burnout begins with small warning signs: not caring about the job, certain tasks growing increasingly arduous; or declining performance. Symptoms include feeling drained at the end of each shift, boredom on the job, repetition, lack of stimulation and not wanting to go to work. If not addressed appropriately, these symptoms can progress rapidly to the point where they can seriously affect your state of mind, health and spread to other areas of your life.
Burnout affects each of us differently. It can happen sooner, later or never, depending upon your personality, whether you are in a career that supports your interests and the amount of repetition in your job.
It is far easier to cope with burnout when you understand the signs and make changes in the early stages. Following are some sure-fire ways to create positive momentum and get yourself fired up.
Now, separate those items on your list into categories you can do something about and those over which you have no control. Where you can affect changes, get to work. Where you have no control, recognize your limitations and change your response to them.
Add richness to your life. After all, for you, a job may just be a job. If you're looking for meaning, you may have to make your mark beyond traditional institutional walls. Get involved in local service work. Most companies have community service projects such as Habitat for Humanity and blood drives that are crying for champions. Beyond the corporate confines there are ways to plug in and make an impact. Coach your kids. Take a course, or better yet, teach one. Get involved and make a difference. It will create topspin in other areas of your life. All of these strategies have one thing in common. They force you to take ownership of the situation and to take action.
Carla Perrotta has more than 20 years in the staffing industry and is responsible for all business operations related to Kelly Healthcare Resources, a business unit of staffing provider Kelly Services Inc., based in Troy, Michigan. Kelly Healthcare Resources provides staffing solutions to a variety of healthcare facilities including hospitals, clinics, labs, and HMOs, as well as manufacturing facilities, insurance companies and clinical research organizations. For more information, visit www.kellyhealthcare.com.