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Signs of Burnout...
and Tips to Prevent it in the Future
By DR. MARTY MARTIN
urnout is vastly different
from stress, and there are
stark differences from
the feeling you get from
burnout and an acute bout
of depression. You know
you're burned out when you experience
this triangle of symptoms: emotional
exhaustion; cynicism and low personal
* Emotional exhaustion primarily presents itself as an overall feeling of being
over-extended, and a sense of being
"drained" while interacting with others.
* A negative attitude toward others at
work - from clients to co-workers -
and the feeling that the demands of the
job outstrip the resources to do the job
is indicative of cynicism.
* Low personal accomplishment is the
overwhelming sentiment that regardless
of how hard or smart you work, there is
no difference in performance, productivity and results.
In general, employees who suffer from
burnout may be viewed by others as being
impersonal, detached, edgy, drained,
negative, and unable to get the job done
even though they are putting the hours
or even more.
The actual diagnosis of burnout should be
done by a trained professional. Most professionals will first administer The Maslach
Burnout Inventory (MBI). This is a psychometrically validated tool consisting of 22
items. If you consult with a professional and
they determine that you are burned out, then
don't stress out about this diagnosis. It is not
life threatening nor career ending. There are
proven ways to treat burnout that involve the
individual, his/her boss and the culture of
the organization. In fact, not only can burnout be treated, but it is largely preventable.
What are some steps they
can take to prevent burnout?
There are three levels in which you can
prevent burnout: at an organizational
level, the managerial level and at an
The culture of the organization or "the
way we do things around here" sets the
stage for determining whether employees
are at risk of burning out. If the culture
says "work 'til you drop" or "client needs
trump employee needs," then there is a
high probability that individuals who are
not resilient or lack constructive coping
resources will suffer from burnout.
It is critical to realize that certain
organizations fit certain employees
best. This is what is called person/
organization fit. As an example, you may
excel in environments that embrace a
life planning and behavioral finance
approach and are not commission driven.
A tight person/organization fit decreases
risks to burnout. Burnout prevention
begins with recruitment, selection
The courses ED110 - Time and Stress Management for Instructors and ML136 - Stress Management are
available on the AACS Online Training Center. Members call AACS at 800-831-1086 for your VIP Discount
Code. Visit the following URL to learn more about these courses: www.aacstraining.org/courses/ED110 and
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Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of BeautyLink - Volume 7, Issue 4
AACS Annual Convention Preview
Event Recap: CEA Annual Convention
The Continued Growth of Massage Therapy
Roadmap to a Healthy School Culture
Multicultural Corner: Catching Up with Ted Gibson
Trendspotting in Spas
Pedicuring the Diabetic Client
Leaving the Nest
Recognizing the Signs of Burnout…and Tips to Prevent it in the Future
Three Ways to Approach Life
Superstar Graduate: Nikki Hynek: Being Business Savvy in Beauty
BeautyLink - Volume 7, Issue 4
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