Career Burn Out … Generational?

Is it possible to burn out?  We casually gab and joke to our coworkers about how we’re always burning the candle at both ends.  But is it true?  A FastCompany.com article captured the story of a 28-year-old woman (yes, a Millennial) who supposedly “burned out,” causing her to scale way back on her clients, travel and events.  And nope, it wasn’t because of children.  Apparently, millennial women are more likely to burnout over their male counterparts. 

But why the burnout in the first place?  

Some say that companies these days have such incredibly high expectations when it comes to being connected to their employees.  Sure, some companies respect the nine-to-five workday, and the boundaries are legit.  But other jobs seem to have our smartphones bound to our forehead.  Like zombies, we are constantly checking our emails.  It’s the first thing we do in the morning, and the last thing we do before bed.

So, why women?

Not that we don’t already know this, but “society [continues to] put certain expectations on people based on gender”-- women are more often expected to provide the majority of family care, while men are [habitually] expected to be the breadwinners.”  While hardcore feminists will harp on those stats, this hardly comes as a surprise.  It is no crazy revelation that “women tend to experience significantly higher rates of role overload.”  Even Wonder Woman gets stressed out.   

Aside from gender differences, “many Millennials burn out at around age 30 because they are unhappy in their jobs and don’t see a clear career path.”  Not only is it difficult to see what life will look like 20 years from now; We can hardly imagine what it will look like in three to four years! 

The toughest part of the whole “burnout” theory, is that often times Millennials “don’t know what they are striving for, which makes it incredibly hard to move forward.”   

 

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