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The Workplace is a Pressure Cooker

Posted in Change,Coaching,Leadership by treyfinley1008 on December 1, 2009

Work to live.  Don’t live to work.

Work is a pressure cooker.  It demands your best, and it can bring out your worst.  It doesn’t matter if your workplace is in a cubicle, on four wheels, in a house of worship, on the top floor of your office building, or wherever you find yourself that day.  Your work can cook you, and it will if you’re not proactive.  You know all the reasons:

  • It’s tough to escape work. It follows you home on your iPhone (if not an iPhone, then whatever second-best phone you’re carrying).  It finds you in your email.  If your house is really integrated, it may even find you when you’re watching TV.
  • The economy just isn’t right. You are likely less certain about your job future now than you were two years ago, even if it means you’re just going to move on to the next job when the economy improves.
  • You’ve got bills to pay.
  • You’ve people to whom you’re responsible.
  • Ad infinitum.

There are some clear signs of burnout, and a few ways to alleviate the stress of work. Burnout can sneak up on you.  Recognize burnout and do something about it.

While you’re at it, play a little more.  Do what you love to do, and don’t apologize for spending time on it.  Minimize the parts of work that drain you and maximize the parts that energize you.

Work to live.  Don’t live to work.


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