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WHAT IT FEELS LIKE TO BE BURNED OUT AT WORK

Job burnout: How to spot it and take action

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In this video, I’ll discuss job burnout. One sign to spot burnout and how to fix it.

If you are suffering from this burnout symptom, find someone to help. I’m Stewart Swayze of stewartswayze.com.

I’m an Executive Coach for Career Development & Transitions and a Marketing Consultant for Coaches, Consultants, and Solopreneurs. I release new videos every week on those topics, so if your interested in developing your career or marketing, subscribe to my YouTube Channel. Check out my links to my freebies at the end of this post.

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Monday morning, at 6:13 am. Your alarm clock goes off. You reach over and hit the snooze button you've already done it once before. You didn't sleep last night because all you can think about was everything you had to get done this week.

You can almost feel the emails already coming into your mailbox. Maybe you’re thinking, should I start my own company? Should I change jobs? Your mind races a little bit. No, I'm good.

But, what did I forget? When is my boss going to call me into the office and call me out? What are the deadlines I have this week?

Holy cow it's going to be another week when I'm not present for my family!

If you wake up on Monday morning and it's hard as hell to get out of bed, and you're not enthused to go to work, and not happy or passionate about what you're doing ...

If you're already projecting what's going to happen and feeling the crushing weight of stress on top of you, you're burned out at work.

There is no reason for you to feel that way. There is no reason for you to wake up on Monday mornings and already feel stressed for the week to come. Like everything's coming down upon you and you haven't even gotten out of bed.

There are plenty of strategies, tactics, and exercises you can do to take back control of your life, so that you're not burned and you're pursuing your passion. All the while, your happy healthy and financially set.

If you'd like to learn any of those strategies or talk more about being burned out at work, feel free to connect with me. I'm happy to support you

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Why Interviewing Skills Are the Key To Your Success

Increasing Your Interview Skills

Many people fear interviews and potentially lose a job as a result. When was the last time you interviewed? How well did it go? My guess, it didn’t go as well as you wanted. Don’t worry; you’re not alone. And, don’t take it personally.

It’s not uncommon to go through 5-6 interviews before landing a job. There could be many reasons for long interview processes. However, if you knew the secrets of successful interviewing skills, you’d land the job you want every time.

Instead of getting turned down, they would be turning down job offers.

Do you need an amazing and perfect personality to nail an interview? Well yes and no. Your personality goes a long way in presenting yourself, but many people land jobs without extroverted personalities–and that’s because they know how to interview.


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Yes, interviewing skills can be and should be learned. So how do people learn?

Many people learn to interview through trial and error. We all know, the more you practice, the better you get at it (usually!). But who the hell wants to learn like that!

I mean few things are more painful than going through a ton of interviews and getting a rejection letter. Also, how fun are interviews in general? Most people want to avoid interviews entirely!

Wouldn’t it be great if you could learn what makes a successful interview from the eyes of the potential employer? Wouldn’t it be nice to go into an interview with the mindset that you are evaluating them and not the other way around? You can. It’s called interview skills training!

Another critical thing to remember is that training for interviews can make you successful in life.

Learning interview skills helps your overall communication. And, communication is fundamental to social confidence, our ability to lead, growing our network…and on and on.

Learning (and I 100% guarantee that you can learn) interviewing skills is vital for anyone, from a recent graduate to the seasoned business professional. It may sound a little weird, but interviewing skills are also excellent for your life outside of work to include parenting, dating, marriage, friends –you name it!

Don’t wait any longer to get this valuable part of your success under your control!

If you’d like support in increasing your interviewing skills and techniques, feel free to schedule a free 1-Hour Strategy Session with me. There’s no obligation. Or, you can join my private career development Facebook Group.

Have a wonderful day and reach out if you have any questions or comments.

-Stewart

ABOUT STEWART

Hi. I’m Stewart Swayze, I’m a Career Transition and Marketing Coach for Entrepreneurs. I release new videos every week on those topics. If your interested in developing your career or marketing your business, view my YouTube Channel  below.

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4 Clear Signs You Should Quit Your Job (And What to Do Next)

Should You Quit Your Job

Chances are, if you’re reading this blog, you want to leave your job, but something’s holding you back. Here’s the real question: Is it bad enough to justify the scary prospect of a job search or career change? 

If you see yourself in one or more of these scenarios, it’s probably time to go. But don’t worry, I won’t leave you hanging. After we discuss the four signs you should quit your job, I’ll share a few tips on what to do next. After all, knowing it’s time is just the first step.

Sign #1 The Work Environment is Toxic

The term toxic work environment can mean different things to different people, so it’s important to clarify that if you’re experiencing discrimination, harassment, orsafety issues, that’s an immediate red flag. While you can elevate the issues to your Human Resources department, whether you feel comfortable staying while they try to resolve the problem is up to you.

Even if it doesn’t cross the line into illegal behavior, a toxic work environment can be demoralizingand will take its toll over time. Do any of these sound familiar?

  • Chronic heavy workloads– Unrealistic expectations that make you feel like you’re always failing

  • Demeaning boss– An emotionally abusive boss who erodes your confidence and motivation

  • Passive aggressive environment– Coworkers or leaders who aren’t supportive or purposely sabotage your success

If you’ve tried unsuccessfully to change the atmosphere or behaviors in your workplace, you might be telling yourself that there are other positives to balance it out – the pay is good, I can work from home sometimes, I’m getting great experience, etc. But ultimately, you’ll regret staying. The frustration of a toxic work environment can bleed into your personal life, create bad work habits, and as we’ll talk about next, wreak havoc on your health.

Job burnout

Sign #2 You’re Close to Burnout

Have you ever experienced the Sunday Night Blues? You’re not alone. According to Monster.com, 76% of American workers say they experience depression the day before their workweek. When does it become a sign you need to quit? 

I’ve worked with many professionals who continue saying “it’s not that bad” for way too long. When they finally decide to move on from their job, they’re exhausted. This makes it doubly hard to ramp up a job search or career change. So, before you brush off the Sunday Night Blues, consider whether you’re showing the signs of impending burnout.

  • Lack of energy

  • Trouble falling or staying asleep

  • Lack of focus 

  • Mild forgetfulness

  • Tension

  • Irritability

  • Lack of productivity

  • Feeling negative

  • Wanting to isolate more

Stress, anxiety, and depression rarely stay inside your head. You should also take note of whether you’ve been getting more headaches, if your stomach’s been upset, or you have other strange aches and pains. They’re often signals that your body’s reaching its breaking point.

As with sign #1 above, you should always try to solve the problem before you decide to leave. Talk to your boss about reducing your workload or changing your role. Implement systems to reduce distractions or annoyances. But if the stress is just part of the job you’ve chosen, it might be time to rethink your career. 

Sign #3 The Company is Unstable

If you’ve been hearing rumblings of a restructuring or merger, it can be scary. And it’s becoming more common as technology disrupts entire industries seemingly overnight.

You don’t have to immediately make plans to leave your job if your company has a bad quarter. However, there are certain red flags that mean it’s time to move on. Let’s look at a few of them.

  • Your pay is late– This is more common in small businesses and start-ups, but if cash flowis an issue, that’s poor management. Especially if it becomes a regular occurrence. 

  • Your company leadership is questionable – When you watch leadership make poor decisions that you have no control over, or start seeing top leadership turnover, that’s a sign that your company might not last.

  • Your company isn’t as profitable as it was – If your company has announced impending lay-offs or restructuring, try to find out where they’ll cut and why. If you’re not sure, and you don’t have confidence in the long-term viability of the company, it’s time to go.

  • Your competitors are drying up – Is your industry dying? Is your company hanging on to an old way of doing business? Don’t wait until they file for bankruptcy to have an exit strategy.

 In today’s working world, you have to be the boss of your own career. You can’t expect a company to always be there, or always be looking out for you. 

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Sign #4 No Career Path or Growth Potential

If you’re a mid-career professional, you’re probably looking for a company where you can advance into leadership positions. When you want a promotion soon, but you’re facing one of these scenarios, it’s time to look elsewhere.

  • Leaders with no plans of leaving – If you’re looking up the chain of command and you see happily employed individuals with 10-20 years left in their career who have the job you want, it’s not likely there will be openings. 

  • Small organization with no leadership paths – Even if you love the company, when there are no plans to significantly grow, you really have nowhere to go. 

  • Your boss limits your growth – It’s unfortunate that sometimes your boss likes having you exactly where you are and doesn’t want to lose you. This could mean they sabotage your efforts to grow or position yourself for new roles. 

  • The company doesn’t encourage education – If you need a degree or certification to move your career forward, and your current position doesn’t allow the flexibility to do that, you’ll be stuck. You might also need the financial support of a company that provides tuition reimbursement. 

To stay relevant in today’s economy, you must constantly grow and develop. If your current position is limiting your ability to learn and expand, and there’s no indication that will change, it’s definitely a clear sign you should quit your job.

So, what now? 

This blog certainly isn’t advocating that you write up your resignation letter tomorrow. You know it’s time to go, but now you need a plan. Before you dive into resumes and job listings, here are some tips to make sure you don’t end up in the wrong job again.

Maintain professionalism at your current job– Even if you’ve made the internal decision to leave, you don’t want your colleagues to know. Keep up your work, just mentally release yourself from the emotional baggage. You want to have stellar references you can rely on throughout your career. 

Do self-assessments – If you’ve been in the working world for a while, you probably haven’t stopped to really think through your strengths, what environments help you thrive, and what gets you excited. Now is the time. For example, try out this Career Satisfaction Quiz to see if you’re well suited to the work you’re doing and what’s impacting your desire for change.

Work with a career coach– Mid-career is the best time to engage a coach. You have the experience to know what you want and don’t want, but you might have some limiting beliefs or perceptions holding you back. A coach can ask the hard questions, offer a new perspective, and guide you toward a new job or career.

Hopefully, this blog has given you the clarity needed to take action.

Stewart Swayze

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3 Huge Signs You're Burned Out at Work (Video)

If you're experiencing job burnout, I'd be happy to have a free hour long coaching session with you to understand your goals and support you in developing ways to overcome your burnout.

Signs You're Burned Out at Work

DESCRIPTION: In this video I provide 3 of the biggest signs you are burned out at work. I give you descriptions of each symptom of job burnout so you can evaluate your life and career to determine if you're experiencing career burnout. Watch the video or read the post below.

I'm Stewart Swayze of http://www.stewartswayze.com/latest. I'm an Executive Coach and Marketing Consultant.

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Here are the three biggest signs you're suffering from job burnout.

Knowing what I know now, I should have recognized a lot sooner than I was burned out at work.

These three signs don't necessarily apply to everyone. They don't necessarily apply to every situation. But, if you're experiencing any of them, you should really take a deep look and see if you're burned out. Then, determine what you can do to overcome them.

The first sign is when you're at work or even at home and you have a general sense of apathy. You have all this crap coming down you and you're just sitting there, kind of taking the blows. It’s same s*** different day.

But, you're not doing anything to change your circumstances. You're not wanting to push forward or to make any changes to make things better.

The second sign is when you shift from apathy at work to lethargy at home. Your friends want to go out, “not a chance in hell.” You want to go work out at the gym, “Nah, I'll go tomorrow.” Maybe a weekend away with your loved one, “you know what I'm just so tired.”

With lethargy, there’s so much crap is come down upon you that you're burned out. You just want to sit on the couch and do nothing.

With apathy and lethargy really understand that there's a difference between just being in a situation where you need rest versus this repetitive process, day after day, weekend after weekend, of not wanting to do anything.

The last sign is a general irritability. people Life just sucks. People are irritating you over and over and over again. Of course, you’ll get irritated when someone cuts you off. But, this is when somebody brushes past you and you get frustrated and you snap at someone for no real reason.

When you look at your life and you look at your work environment, look for those three signs. Are you apathetic? Do you feel a general sense of lethargy? Are you irritable all the time? Look deep into your life, look deep into your work environment, and determine what's causing your burnout? Then, try to change that activity. Look for opportunities to do things that increase your energy or that bring you energy.

-Stewart

ABOUT STEWART

Hi. I’m Stewart Swayze, I’m a Career Transition and Marketing Coach for Entrepreneurs. I release new videos every week on those topics. If your interested in developing your career or marketing your business, view my YouTube Channel below.

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Why & How I Became an Executive Coach

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Don’t get me wrong, consulting is exhilarating, and I’m damn good at it. For some reason, I am blessed with the ability to simplify complex problems and find real, executable solutions.

But, not too long ago I found myself wanting more and I couldn’t quite figure it out. I was successful and making money, but I wasn’t satisfied. I wasn’t as happy as I wanted to be. I wanted more. And, I found it.

Finding Happiness and Satisfaction

How did I find happiness and satisfaction? At first, deep self-reflection. I looked back at my life and career. I asked myself what I enjoyed most? My answer: Helping and developing people on an individual level. 

Well, what the hell do I do with that? How do I balance helping individuals with continuing to solve complex problems with strategy and executable solutions? Executive Coaching.

After extensive research, I went through the best Executive Coaching training program, iPEC. I spent months and countless hours completing their professional coaching certification program and becoming an Energy Leadership Index – Master Practitioner. I met and learned from the most amazing people. Now … I am an Executive Coach.

I couldn’t be happier! The energy I feel when coaching my clients is incredible. My head and my heart are connected. I’m in the zone! I love supporting my clients (testimonials)

Who I work with? 

As an Executive Coach, I support successful and ambitious professionals that are developing strategic and tactical options to outperform their peers and the market through career development or a career transition. This includes moving from employee to entrepreneur.

All of my client’s go through the Energy Leadership Index (ELI) assessment. The ELI is a mirror that reflects your world. It is a one-of-a-kind assessment that enables leaders to hold up mirrors to their perceptions, attitudes, behaviors, and overall leadership capabilities.

The ELI is an attitudinal assessment, which is based on an energy/action model. This assessment differs from personality assessments as it is not intended to label a person and have them work well within that label. Instead, it measures your level of energy based on your attitude, or perception and perspective of your world.

Utilizing the results from your ELI, you can alter your attitude and perspective, make a shift in your consciousness, and increase your energy and leadership effectiveness.

I was blown away by my ELI results. I have no doubt you will be too. You'll understand how to become your ideal image of who you need to be as a leader for your situation, division, team, or company. 

You Have The Ingredients. I'd Like To Help You Put Them All Together

As your coach, I’ll motivate, advise, and keep you focused on achieving your goals. Through the coaching process, we’ll remove the personal roadblocks stopping you from reaching your highest potential. We’ll develop strategies to reduce stress, increase engagement and satisfaction.

We work as a team, but you define the outcomes. We develop your definition of enlightened success. We work in partnership, but you set “New Rules” for your life. The goal is for you to acquire the knowledge, insight, and skills to handle all situations successfully. 

You are enlightened and empowered with the freedom of choice

Are you’re ready to break free from what’s holding you back and start your journey to a new life? Schedule a free strategy call with me today. We’ll discuss your situation and goals. You’re in charge, and there’s no pressure or obligation. 

**Mention this blog and receive a free 1-hr coaching session. I look forward to working with you.**

Stewart 

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* Shocking and Sad Workplace statistics * (Video)


* Shocking and Sad Workplace statistics * Click here for the article

 53% of US workers are currently unhappy at work. That’s greater than 65 million people.

 That just crushes me. Think about that number. 65 million people are spending half of the time they are awake “unhappy.”  

 I mean, how does spending 8 hours of a day “unhappy” effect the rest of your life? When you get home from work, how does that impact your personal life, family, friends, and general well-being?

 Please, whatever you do … stop living that way. Stop allowing yourself to be unhappy 8 hours a day. Stop talking about how work sucks.

 Stop waiting for someone or something else to bring you happiness. DO something about it. Be the cause of your life. Be the cause of your happiness at work.

 There are many ways you can increase your happiness at work. I’ve left a link to my article that gives you 10 tips.

 But remember, only YOU have the power to change your life.

Stewart Swayze

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