Questions tagged [burnout]

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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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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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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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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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When is it appropriate to take sick leave due to work stress/fear of burnout?

If you're in a job which is draining your energy and is even inducing physical symptoms, at what point is it appropriate to take sick leave? I'm trying to find a balance between: taking sick leave ...
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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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Stuck in a dead-end job. How do I get ahead?

I'm stuck in a dead-end web developer job where I don't get paid much and rarely get to learn anything new. It's a small, mom-and-pop shop where there is no room for advancement either. I am not happy....
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Messed up at work and don't know what to do

I have been working for one year on a data science project, from finding the stakeholder and the work to running A/B tests and finally to productionising the project. Part of running A/B tests ...
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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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A previous manager burnt out employees, how can I help them recover and be more productive?

The previous manager repeatedly pushed his employees too hard to complete artificial goals earlier than necessary. After 2 years of some of the best employees quit and this the manager was removed, ...
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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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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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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 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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How to professionally ask for vacation because of extreme stress?

I have reached a point where each day I feel in pain and headache for not being able to handle the stress at work. I really think I cannot take it anymore and will get ill if I just keep working ...
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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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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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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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Returning to the software industry after burnout

I want to return to the software industry after a two year hiatus. I worked in my first role as an Android developer for three years, then in my next role also as an Android dev for ten months, at ...
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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 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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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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Working in the software industry does not seem rewarding anymore

I was always an ambitious, jack-of-all-master-of-none kid with above average skills and interest in technical topics. Working for the software industry was always looked upon from where I grew up and ...
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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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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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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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7th month pregnant partner gets overworked by her firm, exceeding 70h/week work. What can a future father do?

My pregnant partner has is currently in her 7th month of pregnancy and due in 10 weeks in the US. In short, she got much more work responsibilities in the last few weeks at her company, exceeding 70h/...
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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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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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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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How to fix badly negotiated salary?

Last year I was on the edge of a burnout. In hindsight it was because I was working in a toxic workplace. But through lack of experience I was not able to see the red flags. There have been cases of ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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I'm a C-Level executive at a startup that manages a team. I'm going through a rough patch of depression

So here's my question. I'm a C-Level executive at a startup that manages a team. I'm going through a rough patch of depression. I've also previously informed the CEO that I was leaving (months ago) ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 to avoid mental suffering knowing that I have no resources (time, etc.) to fully satisfy client needs?

Client has changed the usage patterns (pre-holiday effects before the long Christmas holidays) of the software developed and supplied by the company for which I am working and new errors due to ...
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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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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 ...