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How You May Be Sabotaging Yourself at Work

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Even though you’re doing a good work, you might be wondering why your career isn’t advancing at the pace that you expected. If so, then it’s possible that you’re subconsciously sabotaging yourself in a number of ways. With that in mind, we listed down some of the common ways on how you may be sabotaging yourself at work.

1. You’re Always Late at Work

Regardless of the type of job you’re currently in, there’s always something about showing up late for work that signifies that you’re not that serious about what you do. It may be an unfortunate reality, given that you need to work through lunch or until late in the evening to make up for the time you lost, but its reality nevertheless. So aim to arrive on time whenever possible, so as to avoid leaving a bad impression on your boss.

2. You Avoid Getting Attention

Another way of sabotaging yourself at work is by avoiding getting any attention. We know that you don’t want to seem like a show-off, but no one will notice the efforts you’re putting in your work unless you flaunt them a little. One way of successfully doing it is to be updated on your own achievements. Make sure that you keep a list of your accomplishments both outside and inside of your work. It would also be a smart move to post some career-related statuses or tweets on your social media accounts. This way, you can effortlessly make your achievements known to both your current and future employers.

3. You Often Forget to Set Your Priorities

It’s quite easy to get swept in a whirlwind of responsibilities and tasks – you take a phone call, respond to an email, and perform a task you just thought of. Before you even know it, the day is already over and you still haven’t done your ‘important’ work. Setting your priorities straight is what will help you resolve this issue. By following a clear priority system, you’ll be able to determine which tasks can be done later and which ones need your attention now.

4. You Refuse to Try a New Work System

Most of us sabotage our own potential to shine at work by being deeply ingrained in a system that we’ve relied on and used for years. We’ve created a set routine and so we’re afraid of changing it, since it worked fine up until now. If you want to truly maximize your potential, however, you need to experiment and try the new processes and routines available. Don’t worry if it won’t immediately work out for the better. Eventually, you’ll discover a new system that will allow you to showcase more of you potential at work.

If you ever find yourself committing any of these acts of sabotage, do know that you’re not alone. These issues are common in the modern work culture and they will manifest even without you noticing. But now that you know the effects they could bring on your work, you can already take some proactive measures to cut off their influence on your working life.

What You Should Know About Occupational Burnout

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Singaporeans are known to be hard working but time will come that you will experience occupational burnout. Others call it job burnout. Whatever you want to call it, the nature doesn’t change – it can affect your happiness and eventually your health. Job stress is normal but if it leaves you in a state of mental, physical and emotional exhaustion, that is the time that you have to be alarmed.

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Occupational burnout can affect your health in the long run so it is important that you know things about it so you can prevent it from destroying your health, your disposition and the relationship around you. Here are some things that you need to know about it:

Signs

Before things get out of hand, it is important that you know the signs before it take a toll on your health. You have to ask yourself some questions like do you feel lack of energy to be steadily productive? Do you lack satisfaction from all your present and past achievements? Do you suffer from unexplained backaches, headaches and other pains? More importantly, have you become sceptical about work?

If you answered yes to all, then you are enduring occupational burnout.

Causes

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Occupational burnout just do not happen instantly. It is already there but you choose to ignore it thereby aggravating it. The causes depend on different factors. Causes include unclear expectations, job mismatch, work-life imbalance, lack of support, dysfunctional workplace and many more. It is important that you identify the cause so you can work on improving it.

Consequences

It will not progress to occupational burnout if at first you already addressed the issue. You continuously ignore the signs and just act surprised when it has aggravated. You should remember that if ignored and left unattended, it can lead to serious consequences. Some consequences include obesity, stroke, fatigue, excessive stress, insomnia, depression, anxiety, heart disease, substance or alcohol abuse and many more.

Taking action

This should be enough to fetch your concern. It is crucial that you take action and you can start by identifying then managing the stressors that caused the burnout. After that, you have evaluate all your options, adjust your attitude and more importantly, seek support from the people around. If you are hesitant to discuss it to your boss, you can talk with co-workers, friends, family and if you still need more support, you can ask the help of doctors.

Do not forget to sleep at least eight hours a day, eat healthy foods and do some exercise – it will surely make things better.

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