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Is your employer asking you to do too much work?

Keeping track of your workload, and ensuring it doesn’t overwhelm you, is integral to enjoying a work-life balance, and avoiding burnout.

by Sophie Jarvis I May 12, 2022

The average American will spend 90,000 hours at work over a lifetime, over a typical 50 year stint. Given that we dedicate so much of our life to working, the work that we do is a large contributor to our overall happiness and wellbeing. Unfortunately, for many, work and enjoyment are the antithesis of one another. A survey by Deloitte found that 84% of millennials say they have experienced burnout at their current job, with nearly half of millennials saying they have left a job because they felt burned out. While feeling overworked won’t necessarily lead to burnout, it is one of the main contributing factors. Given that burnout can lead to issues such as depression, anxiety, and substance abuse, it’s important to recognize when your employer is asking you to do too much work. We’ve put together a list of 5 signs to watch out for, so that you can ensure your work life isn’t affecting your wellbeing.

  1. You find yourself consistently working overtime: Traditional American business hours add up to 40 hours over the stretch of 5 days. However, Americans work about 41.5 hours per week on average, with 11.1% of employees working over 50 hours per week. If you find that you’re consistently working overtime, thus struggling to find a work-life balance, this is a telltale sign that your employer is asking you to do too much.

  2. You always feel behind: Another sign that you’re being overworked is that you constantly feel like you’re chasing your tail. Perhaps you find that you have a never-ending to do list, and for every task you tick off, another 5 appear? If this sounds familiar, it could be that you’re not being allowed enough time to complete the necessary tasks.

  3. Your health is suffering: When a person is consistently overworked, a major warning signs is a decline in both their mental and physical health. Symptoms such as exhaustion, drastic weight change, and insomnia indicate that you’re being overworked. Should you feel like you’re suffering from any of the above, listen to your body, and take the necessary steps to lower your stress levels.

  4. You can’t disconnect: In an ever increasing technological world, it’s increasingly difficult to disconnect from work. Checking work emails or work messaging channels after hours is a sign that you’re struggling to disconnect from work, and failing to find an appropriate work-life balance.

  5. You feel like there aren’t enough hours in the day: When we’re overworked, it’s easy to feel like there simply aren’t enough hours in the day to complete everything that needs doing. This is particularly prevalent in companies that have downsized, or laid of employees, as the remaining staff are left to pick up the workload.

Keeping track of your workload and workplace wellness, and ensuring it doesn’t overwhelm you, is integral to enjoying a work-life balance, and avoiding burnout. Use our record keeping tool, Trael, to keep track of your workplace wellness, or any incidents of workplace bullying, discrimination, or racism. This will allow you to assess your wellbeing, and identify specific moods, patterns, and, ultimately, help you recognize when it’s time to make a change. Image provided by: Andrea Piacquadio

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