Bill Gates has never had a burnout: His recipe to avoid it
There are many times when stress overwhelms us and we feel like we can do nothing
Pressure, routine, daily life. There are many times when stress overwhelms us and we feel like we can do nothing. And yet. We can do a lot. Maybe everything if we try hard!
Employees in all occupations may suffer from fatigue, stress, depression and anxiety. These symptoms can be caused by burnout syndrome, or "burnout" as it is commonly called.
Burnout is a condition recognized by the World Health Organization and described as a syndrome resulting from chronic work stress which the worker does not manage effectively. Burnout can lead to low productivity but also perpetuate the feeling of stress or anxiety.
However, some people manage the stress of a demanding job better than others. Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates, for example, was convinced he would never get a burnout, even when he ran the company that made him the richest man on earth.
Gates had already founded Microsoft in his 20s. In 1984, at the age of 28, he told NBC that Microsoft would exceed $ 100 million in turnover that year.
But he was sure that all this would not fall too heavily on his shoulders. When asked why he believes this, his answer was that every day is different at Microsoft.
"The work we do… is not that we do the same thing all day. We go to our offices and think of new programs, we meet in meetings, we go out to see the end users, we talk to customers. There is so much variety and there are always new things happening. "I do not think there will ever be a time when this could be boring," he said.
And he was not wrong. Microsoft went public in 1986 and he became the richest man in the world.
What you can copy from Bill Gates
Of course, the case of Bill Gates is not ordinary. But the secret to saving an employee from burnout is to avoid routine, find new projects and set challenges for oneself. There are also some warning signs that will help you understand that you are approaching burnout.
Christina Maslach, professor of psychology at the University of California, Berkeley, has created the Maslach Burnout Inventory, which is the most widely used tool for measuring burnout.
This tool monitors three signs of burnout: Exhaustion, lack of motivation and poor performance at work. If one wants to overcome work exhaustion, experts recommend finding time for exercise, improving sleep, talking to people at work (friends or bosses), and sharing how one feels.