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In a career slump? 5 ways to get out of burnout and get the most out of your work –

Healthista sat down with Pippa Ruxton, executive coach and founder of Polygon Coaching, to discuss 5 ways you can bounce back from burnout if you find yourself in a slump in your career, plus how to make the most of it. Make the most of your current role

Burn? Feeling stuck in your career? You’re not alone.

Work-related burnout and lack of motivation has become an increasingly hot topic in recent years, especially in the wake of COVID.

In the past two years alone, 88% of employees have experienced some degree of burnout, according to LumAppsan employee experience platform.

Healthista spoke with Pippa Ruxton, executive coach and founder of Polygon Trainingto address the conversation around burnout and what to do when you find yourself on the verge of falling in love with your career.

#1 Know what you want

While this step may seem simple, knowing yourself and knowing where you want to be at work is fundamental to getting the most out of your professional life. However, as you consider your current role so that you can reach your fullest potential, it’s important to know what career success means to you.

Career success is different for everyone

For one, career success can mean a high salary or leadership role, but it can be much more subjective than that.

‘Getting the most out of your career can mean meeting your purpose or realizing your own goals. It could mean having social networks as part of your job, or being able to see opportunities for advancement or growth,” says Ruxton.

As soon as you know exactly what you want in your career, you will be able to stay motivated to achieve your goals.

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#2 Understand your skill set

Now that you know what you want, it’s time to start getting there by knowing (and demonstrating) your skill set and potential.

Ruxton recommends taking an inventory of your abilities, including hard skills, like writing, knowing a second language, or fluency in math, as well as soft skills like time management, collaboration, and critical thinking defend.

You can gauge your skills in a number of ways, by seeing what you’re being recognized for or getting inspired by personal development assessments.

For a more hands-on approach, Ruxton asks her clients to pick five people with whom they have a good working relationship and ask the following questions:

  1. What are three things you think I do well?
  2. What are three things you’d like to see more of from me?

‘What you’re doing there, yes, you’re narrowing down your skill set, what you’re known for, but you’re also showing an openness to growth,’ Ruxton said.

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#3 Fill in the blanks

Ruxton says that when it comes to low motivation or burnout, it’s important to take a step back and ‘look at’ your role from the outside. By looking at what’s working well and the gaps in your career, you can shift your focus to the aspects of your work that you love while filling those gaps.

“If you start looking at some of the positives, it becomes easier to switch to a more constructive growth mindset,” says Ruxton.

To fill the void, it’s best to rethink the previous steps: knowing what you want and knowing how to manifest your potential.

Think about what you want to be known for

When addressing this step in the process, Ruxton recommends using the following questions to guide you:

  1. What are small actions you can take to become more known about the topics you care about?
  2. Who needs to see those actions at work? Manager? Colleague?

Taking these actions, no matter how small, can help you do more of what you find motivating and help you recover from burnout.

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The tough conversation of the exhausted boss

#4 Don’t be afraid of difficult conversations

Tough conversations at work, whether you’re asking for a raise or more support, are inevitable. These types of situations can be especially difficult for women.

‘So usually, women are particularly hard on themselves. When we’re in a difficult situation, we can be especially hard on ourselves thinking ‘maybe I did something wrong’, but that’s usually not the case,’ says Ruxton.

When it comes to dealing with these stressful conversations, there are a few things you can do to prepare for the big talk.

Focus on the things you can control in the situation

You don’t necessarily control what your boss tells you, but you can control your thoughts, what you say and how you say it, what you want from the conversation, and how you support yourself. close.

“Focusing on the things you can control is far more helpful than letting your mind spin, perhaps on dire emotional or thought pathways,” says Ruxton.

When you’re having a real conversation, be sure to provide evidence of the points where mutual expectations and actual outcomes don’t match.

Ruxton also emphasizes the importance of asking the manager’s perspective on the situation.

‘That way you’re allowing your manager or your colleagues or anyone else to have their say and feel heard as well. If they feel heard, they’re more likely to move into problem-solving mode and find constructive direction,” Ruxton said.

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#5 Know When to Exit

If the worst turns out to be worse, sometimes the best thing you can do is give up and look for other opportunities that are more beneficial to you.

A telltale sign that it’s time to leave

When you recognize patterns in your career that you’ve been trying to address but still don’t live up to your expectations, it usually means it’s time to give up.

Before you leave, however, Ruxton recommends leaving things on the positive side, as you never know when the relationships you’ve established will be useful to you again.

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As Executive Coach and Founder of Polygon Coaching, Pippa Ruxton supporting ambitious individuals passionate about unlocking their career potential.

Her coaching credentials, 20 years of corporate experience, and quick networking help her clients feel more motivated and take actions that align with their goals.

Her client base ranges from MBA students and Oxford University executive leaders to FTSE 100 companies to fledgling entrepreneurs and more.

Learn more about Training Polygons here.

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