Lots of people describe themselves as feeling burned out when the actual meaning of being burned out doesn’t actually apply to having enough of the job you are in or being tired from a long day. The term ‘burned out’ actually means a state of exhaustion that you struggle to bounce back from however it is often used for less severe cases of tiredness.
One day Paul pulled over his truck to sleep through the night before resuming work the next day. Unfortunately, when he woke up he was so tired that rather than driving he went home and tried to perk himself up a little by drinking coffee and playing on the computer. So that he didn’t get into trouble at work he rang in and told the dispatcher that he had been vomiting so was unable to drive. Although he wasn’t a fan of telling lies and felt bad doing it he felt that he was left with no choice. He had become so depressed that even keeping the job wasn’t on his list of priorities; neither was getting his delivery delivered on time.
Another driver who had been driving for 3 years wasn’t only at a point of tiredness or boredom with the job he had taken on but had got to a point where he was likely to be burned out. Burnout is something that even doctors can’t explain however it is extremely serious and cannot be solved by just having an early night. The main thing that differentiates burnout from being tired or bored with a current job role is that it is difficult to get back from being burned out. In most cases people have to quit their employment in order to make any kind of recovery.
It is unknown how many people suffer burnout but it is closely related to people that drive trucks.
An editor who has put focus into researching burnout for 3 decades has described burnout has having three components.
- Physically and mentally exhausted to the point you struggle to function.
- Job cynicism and a want to distract yourself from the job in hand/lack of care for line of work.
- Loss of confidence in the abilities and self-doubt.
The latest research has shown that although burnout is something that is only being recognised as severe it is something that was identified back in the 1970’s by a psychologist that noted how burnout was common in high achievers with advice on how to get through it. The majority of the original ideas are still being used, however back then he used 12 categories that have now been broken down to 3.
Managers who note the three symptoms in their workers should try to avoid full burnout by giving them something different to do and if possible removing them from the current environment. Drivers that are getting slower in meeting their assignments and seem generally negative about their work are likely to be heading toward burnout which is why it is so important that management notice the symptoms before it’s too late. Rather than assuming one individual is able to cope with the workload another can is a big mistake and everyone should be treated differently. Reaching out by phone, social network or even in person can help to defer burnout. Check out the Armellini Logistics website at Truck Driver Jobs