6 Steps to Help Overcome Occupational Burnout

Available for Interviews:  Dr. Karen Doll

Karen Doll, PsyD, is a licensed psychologist, professional coach, and the author of the forthcoming book, Building Psychological Fitness: How High Performers Achieve With Ease.

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According to the World Health Organization, occupational burnout is a syndrome resulting from chronic work-related stress, with symptoms characterized by “feelings of energy depletion or exhaustion; increased mental distance from one’s job, or feelings of negativism or cynicism related to one’s job; and reduced professional efficacy.”

Here are 6 steps we can take to help overcome burnout:

 1. Have Awareness. Recognize and understand components of burnout (exhaustion, inefficacy, cynicism). 

 2. Acknowledge external factors. Acknowledge and address external contributors to burnout. Mismatches that lead to burnout are:

      • insufficient rewards
      • conflicts in values
      • low social support
      • workload
      • low levels of job control
      • absence of fairness

 3. Evaluate work demands. Burnout is an infrastructure problem. Organizations are optimized to take as much from people as they are willing to give. The company isn’t going to tell salespeople to stop selling. 

 4. Assert your needs. Talk to your manager. Set boundaries. Say no thank you more.

 5. Adjust internal factors.  Challenge your assumptions, discern what is real versus phantom expectations, and recognize your inner critic voice.

 6. Be Proactive. Find interventions to build psychological fitness (exercise, flow activities, schedule rest & recovery, cognitive reframing, sensory interventions, connect, service to others, energy management).


Interview: Dr. Karen Doll

Karen Doll, PsyD, is a Licensed Psychologist, Consultant, and author of Building Psychological Fitness (forthcoming November, 2021). She has spent nearly 25 years partnering with industry-leading organizations and coaching high-achieving professionals; she is motivated by a desire to help people thrive, enhance well-being, and optimize leadership skills at every phase, from burgeoning new entrants to accomplished senior leaders. Throughout her career, she has remained committed to mental health awareness and advocacy.


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