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Who Can Benefit?

How do I deal with this feeling of being “burned out?”

How do I plan for career growth in a “flat”
organization or economy?

The Problem:

According to a 2011 Gallup study,

    bullet54 per cent of employees are NOT engaged.  These employees have essentially “checked out” and are sleep-walking through their day ? putting time but not passion into their work.
    bullet17 percent of employees are actively DISENGAGED.  These employees are busy acting out their unhappiness, undermining what their engaged co-workers are trying to accomplish.

Individuals can become disillusioned and disconnected when they cannot see any “light at the end of the tunnel,” especially at a time when most are expected to be more productive and more available around-the-clock.  

Sadly, many mid-careerists often use the words “burned out” to describe their work situation.  “Burnout” is a term that is generally used to describe a condition of physical exhaustion. Burnout is not synonymous with job stress, fatigue, alienation or depression. Burnout is more common than generally believed and may affect every aspect of the individual’s functioning, have a deleterious effect on interpersonal and family relationships and lead to a negative attitude towards life in general.

The Cause

Research studies often cite inadequate control over one’s work, frustrated expectations and the feeling of losing life’s meaning as independent causes of burnout.  Most studies miss the critical underlying factor: job/career mismatch.  Where there is mismatch, the work being performed does not provide the individual the opportunity to do what he/she does best AND enjoys doing. (Many people can be performing a job well but yet may not enjoy the work nor find personal fulfillment in performing the work.)

The Solution:

How do you “re-invent” your career— How do you dodge a career crisis— How do you plan for career growth in a no-growth economy— Probably the right answer is that you will want to face these issues head on — and recognize that this is a time in your life when you're rethinking the direction you're heading.  As was noted earlier, most of us drift into a career usually by accident; we get a job and it's inertia that keeps us there. Maybe you need to step back and ask yourself the reasons you got into this profession in the first place. Do they still hold? Are there things now that are more important to you than they were 15 to 20 years ago? Periodically, you should be asking yourself, "Why am I doing this?" Disasters such as September 11 prompted people to ask themselves these kinds of questions, but you don't need a tragedy to ask yourself what you want your job to look like and what you want your life to look like.

If the symptoms described above sound all too familiar to you, start now by taking the Job Fit Quiz.  This short list of questions will help you to decide whether you are in the “right seat” on the right bus headed in the right direction!  Then you will need to get started with the SIMA® ASSESSMENT AND PLANNING PROCESS.

When organizations are “flat” and promotions are few and far between, it is imperative that you take responsibility for managing your own career growth.  To do that effectively, you will need to know precisely what it is that you are “motivated” to do!  If you doubt this, just click on Comments from Clients to read what others have said about participating in this process.


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