Questions tagged [burnout]

Questions relating to physical or mental stress caused by being overworked

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How to deal with severe mental fatigue without taking time off?

I work as a remote software developer. I work on a casual basis from home, and I'm free to work as much or as little for my boss as I like, while billing my boss on a weekly basis for the worked time ...
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Can I leave in the middle of a project? (programmer) [duplicate]

I have been working here since I graduated, as a software engineer for approximately 5 years at this company. In the first 3 years I thought everything I went through was learning, even though the ...
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I'm struggling. Burnout over years and multiple companies - now come to a head at current company & not their fault - how to finally get ahead of it?

(I'm a contributor here already but created a throwaway account because I don't want it to be associated.) Background: I've worked here for about 18 months as a 'subject matter expert' in Technology ...
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Suffering from burnout - change jobs or take a break?

Some background: I currently work in a small/medium company which was my first solid job after graduation (I had worked for a year in different temp roles). I have worked at this job for almost 3 ...
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Advice for Interview Burnout [closed]

I'm currently going through an extended period of job-hunting and as such I'm having a lot of interviews and finding them and the questions I'm being asked very repetitive. What are some strategies ...
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Negative vibes & environment at new workplace, is it normal? [closed]

I would just like to ask for opinions on this matter. I started working at this company on new year (small company with 30+ staff). During my probation, I started to feel burnouts. FYI, I'm the ...
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Dealing with slow employees and stress; should I leave? [closed]

I currently work in an office environment. The times i work are 9am till 5:30pm. I have been working here for the past 8 years. I was promoted to manager of a certain department over a year ago. I ...
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Adapting a programmer CV to general work?

I worked as an Android Developer for a few years (it was the only work I ever did, from the age of 19 to 23), as such my CV is composed of 3 Android roles and nothing else. Doing this work has ...
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What is the correct way to express our disagreement with management about burnout?

I work as a contractor for a startup company that has a fast-paced working environment and aggressive goals. Budget is scarce, and management cannot spend on tools or new hires. To reach the proposed ...
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Exhausted by doing too many unrelated tasks

This is my brother's issue and I want to help him. After a few months of jobless, He got a job last month at a small trading company(import or export goods from manufacturers then sell those in other ...
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How do I tell my boss I need to devote more time to school?

I have been working as a software engineering intern for the last 8 months or so. My job started in the summer, then continued into the semester. My employer's plan is to employ me part-time as an ...
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Too much reading/studying in senior engineer job

I'm recently promoted in a Canadian engineering company to a "senior engineer", which was very exciting for me (my company just has 2 levels of engineer, "engineer", and "senior engineer"), and ...
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I was asked to build an enterprise web application on my own, and am starting to feel overwhelmed

I came to my current place of employment as an contracted IT support technician of the most generic variety about a year ago. I had only an associates degree to my name and most of what I knew both as ...
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Struggling Senior Developer

I am senior developer (working as a consultant and manager) with over a decade of experience. I find that I enjoy helping teams with communication, learning about new ideas (architecture, patterns, ...
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How can I ask my manager to give me a break from the current project?

For past 4-5 months I've been engaged in an independent project in my company. What I'm building is going to be used internally. 4 months ago, a senior architect (now a non-technical upper manager) ...
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Mobbing by changing job requirements outside skill set?

First things first, I'd like to state a clear intention: I am not trying to post a rant, I just want to know if I am suffering some kind of mobbing. Thank you for your understanding beforehand. I've ...
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Burning out from stress/pressure of role [closed]

High turnover in the team means I am now the only Scrum Master. Senior Management are hesitant to let me take annual leave, which is understandable. The trouble is, I am seriously starting to burn ...
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How to deal with manager who expects more than we can contribute?

I am in a very complicated situation: I was hired 2.5 years ago at this company for a job I was not trained for but I was sure I could do it. I was very upfront about it at the interview and I was ...
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What should one do when his colleagues are pushing him out [closed]

Too long ; didn't read My SO works at a cars dealership She is handicapped and can't spend all day making physical efforts Her coworkers don't answer the phone, so she has to run around Lady ...
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Studies proving that vacations need to be uninterrupted? [closed]

There was an article saying something like "if a vacation is interrupted, it no longer counts", and it backed that claim with studies. As I tend to agree with it more and more, I want to find that ...
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Should I take an offer that solves my problem, but giving my coworkers more burden?

I'm a Java web developer working for more than 3 years. I developed web apps but never did operations. Meanwhile, employees are getting out one by one, and an operation work came to me; Legacy servers ...
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How to keep motivation in a burnt out workplace while interviewing elsewhere?

I currently work at a company that's experiencing something of a mass exodus. Due to managerial issues, 5 of the best engineers on an 8 person engineering team have either left or put in their two ...
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Don't believe in company's direction, how to proceed? [closed]

For nearly a year now, I'm the lead programmer and architect of a very large and ambitious project in the company I work for. It is a project that I do not believe in, and working on it is burning me ...
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How to ask to get back to previous department?

Last year in July, I started working for my current employer, a software firm with ±250 employees worldwide (just to get the picture). We are working on a client-server based software product, and I ...
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I was caught taking a nap in the lactation room at work. How do I repair my reputation after this? [closed]

I work in a large organization in the US. Because of financial issues we only have one car in my household and so my spouse (who has to be at work by 6am) have to carpool to work. For this reason my ...
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Annual review while changing careers

Background: I've been in the same industry a long time and the same company for longer then the industry average turnover period. I'm past the burning out phase and I'm chronically unhappy with my ...
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I am burned out due to having to do the IT director's work. How should I raise this with the VP during annual review?

I am the senior system administrator at a decent sized company having about 650 employees. I have been in the IT industry about for 10 years. Our director of IT is unable to contribute meaningfully ...
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Should I resign when I lose faith in team? [closed]

I've been with an academic software team for 3 months. I feel the project is doomed: management's attitude is "build features and they will come", team members are distributed and communicate ...
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How can I move past being burnt out when working long hours?

I'm in my 30s, married with a couple of kids. I have been working at a company for the past 3 years. Last year our company bought a competitor that was having financial issues, and laid off most of ...
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How to help an overworked boss?

I have a manager who is absolutely great. You name it he's got what you want in a boss. He works incredibly long hours though. Typically 6-7 days a week, during the week at least 10 hour days and ...
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How can I push back against a boss who wants us to work four 16-hour days in a hotel?

We're a team of three software developers trying to deliver a product with a lot of features and bug fixes in a little amount of time. Basically our boss decided it would be great for us all to fly to ...
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Boss doesn't seem to want to approve vacation time

I have been working for a company for four years. Over that four years, I've taken about 8 days off - mostly sick days, a short two day break, and one small emergency. I've also worked a lot of ...
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need to talk to someone about job frustration [closed]

I really need some help here. I don't really know where to turn or who to talk to and this is chewing me up. Sorry if I go on a bit I'm trying to provide details but keep it brief at the same time. I'...
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How to politely decline my salary due to feeling I don't currently deserve it? [closed]

I am a software engineer at a startup. I'm feeling burned out from my job and am not performing up to what I would consider par. Therefore, I do not believe it is ethical for me to accept my salary, ...
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Is it unprofessional to leave my employer for feeling burned out?

I've been with my company for three years now. I've been the only developer on a major project with a major client for the previous year and a half. For much of that time I was fine with this ...
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How to move forward from what's essentially a prototype, which was never intended to be sold to high-profile clients

Ok so I started off with this prototype piece of software in my attic and now it's has become a company. I really can't be too specific, but imagine a server side scripting thing that is now being ...
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How to appear happy and agreeable and not detached and burnt out [closed]

My question is very similar to this one: How to continue working with low morale and burnt out colleagues. However I'm burnt out for a different reason. I'm not effective at this company and I'm ...
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I want physical work against burnout syndrome, how to do it without face loss? [closed]

I feel burnout syndrome on myself and I have also the feeling, a little bit of physical work could maybe help that. I think working some months in a job doing some physical with physical objects, for ...
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How to push back on overtime when it is reducing performance? [duplicate]

So I've been working at a company about 2 or 3 years, and during that time I feel like I've been working an over-average amount. Vacation time, while allowed, is more or less entirely discouraged - I'...
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Feeling burned out at work [closed]

To say Im burned out is an understatement, I just can't do my job anymore, its that bad. I even find myself doing side-projects at work since I just can't get to my job anymore. The way I got to this ...
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Alternatives to seeking a new job?

Me I'm having a lot of trouble getting out of bed in the morning and going to work. When I started, I would show up 15-20 minutes early and be really excited. When I had my midyear review, they told ...
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Can my employer require me to work for his other companies?

My employer recently started several additional companies (all under one LLC), that are housed in the same building. Originally they had dedicated employees, however after they quit, all the ...
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Avoiding burnout and maintaining enthusiasm

I love my career. I don't necessarily love my job, like everyone. However, my job is very stressful (software startup) and I'm excited about the work that I'm doing and the possibilities that possibly ...
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Fighting Boredom As An Application Developer [closed]

What are some excellent ways to combat boredom as a developer? I've reached this point where I am fighting serious boredom and burn-out with what I do. I'm confident its not boredom with the subject ...
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How do I approach my boss about requesting more PTO

I've been working as a full-time programmer at my current company for about 3 years. Current policy is that full-time, hourly employees receive 1 hour of sick time and 1 hour of vacation time per 40-...
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Would taking a study sabbatical from work make me a less attractive candidate?

I want to do something completely different from my current job. I have a number of projects that I have been working on, that I could make serious headway in if I dedicated myself to them. I ...
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How to handle panic attacks at work in a way that doesn't cast me in a negative light?

I have a panic attack every few days (often at work), if a function isn't documented properly, or the wrong font is used somewhere, or almost anything. I can very easily land in a place of absolute ...
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What to do about a teammate who is burnt out

Our team has been working hard on an extremely difficult project with an insanely short deadline. We aren't working 80-hour weeks, but the time we are working is stressful to say the least. Everyone ...
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Addressing burnout when applying for a new job

I recently quit my job to deal with burnout. I am in a field where people with my skill set are in great demand, so I am often contacted by recruiters or job offers, whom I fend of with a polite ...
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Leaving a startup for another and work-life balance [closed]

First of all, I'm going to start off with a little bit of background. I'm 22 and graduated almost 2 years ago. I'm a very methodical and precise guy. I like working on analyzed projects and mature ...