Preventing Job Burnout:
Transforming Work Pressures into Productivity by Dr. Beverly A.
||When I first thumbed through this
workbook, I was still bewildered by my burnout. I couldn't figure
out if I was fried from a hectic work pace, the social work
profession, my coworkers, my clients. I knew that I was in a dark,
cynical, exhausting place and that I wanted out. But how? How could
I escape if I wasn't sure how I got there? Thankfully this
workbook helped me unmask much of the mystery and gave me a roadmap
to climb out.
Dr Potter begins her workbook with an overview of burnout and provides a
burnout test which gives you an opportunity to place yourself on a
burnout continuum which ranges from doing well to burning out. Once you
learn where you stand on the road to burnout, you can use the exercises
and case examples which follow to further understand your burnout, how
you got there, and how to relieve it.
The workbook contains a noteworthy section called "demotivating work
situations." This portion of the workbook was a big eye-opener which
helped me to identify a myriad of employer-induced obstacles which stood
in the way of my performing at my best. I'm sure many social workers
will see themselves in that section of the workbook! Equally helpful was
the test to rate the burnout potential of my job. Not only could I see
myself on a continuum of needing preventive vs corrective action, I
could better conceptualize specific workplace dynamics which needed to
be addressed immediately, such as work overload, lack of feedback,
ethics clashes, supervisory issues, etc.
Although the entire subject of burnout is skillfully handled throughout
the manual, I found that the real strength of this author was her
ability to guide me into an understanding of what I needed to be content
at work and perform at my best. While she addresses stress management
techniques, she doesn't stop there as so many burnout books do. She
explores with you a number of helpful strategies, including workplace
improvements, healthy detachment, skill building, and changing jobs.
If you're willing to sit down and engage in some honest
self-exploration, you will find that Dr Potter's workbook offers
excellent tools which will clarify for you what you need at the
workplace. Once you know what you need, you are able to set healthy
goals to improve your workplace or seek employment elsewhere. As a
diligent guide, Dr Potter also helps you break down your goals into
small, manageable steps.
If you're ready today to start down a healthier path, this is an
excellent place to begin! Dr Potter does a fantastic job of condensing
everything you need to know ... and do ... about job burnout into a
concise, easy-to-use workbook.
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