Signs You’re Burnt Out from Work Without Realizing It

About 2 years ago, I was working for an accounting firm before I decided to quit. It was the best decision I had ever made and I’ll tell you why in a bit. My supervisor at the time is such an awesome person to work with. We got along great and although the firm is busy, we always found the time to talk and crack jokes. My supervisor was with the company for over 22 years but what she thought was a good company, was actually the worst for her. She couldn’t see it, but I did. She was clearly burnt out. Keep reading on to see the signs you’re burnt out from work.

Keep in mind that my supervisor at the time is old enough to be my mom. She was great at giving me life advice and she was the type to work hard and be loyal to a company. But when it was time for me to tell her I wanted to move on after 7 years of working with her, I told her my reasons. I told her all the signs you’re burnt out from work. But my main reason for leaving the company was that if she were to ever retire, I did not want her supervisor position. I told her that it’s a very unhappy job and it’s not worth all the stress. It basically came down to ‘I see how work is affecting you and I don’t want to go through it myself”.

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Here are the signs you’re burnt out from work from my perspective:

Avoids any socializing with coworkers

If you avoid or even dread going to work events, there’s a reason for it. You might be avoiding certain coworkers without realizing it because some people can be so emotionally draining to be around with.

No room for advancement

Another reason I left the company was that there was no room for advancement unless my supervisor retired. My supervisor had the chance to advance to a bookkeeping position a long time ago but was denied by HR. Their reason? She didn’t have the qualifications for the position. She clearly did and she showed me proof. Which brings me to the next sign.

Bad bosses and coworkers

I have never worked in a place before where there was so much backstabbing going on. Bosses don’t have their worker’s back, co-workers being fake with each other, it’s exhausting. It’s a toxic environment to be in and my supervisor didn’t see that she was being emotionally affected. As the admin supervisor, she couldn’t see that she was the scapegoat for the bosses and fellow coworkers. It wasn’t fair to always be blamed for something that she didn’t do.

Dread going to work

If you dread going into work, it’s one of the common signs you’re burnt out from work. You find yourself thinking that it’s a waste of time going to work but still continue to do so because there are bills to pay. This sign also ties in with the next one.

No passion for the company and work

You lose passion in the work you’re doing and no longer think so highly of the company anymore. My boss used to enjoy working for the company and even went above and beyond by trying to bring in more clients. Over time, her passion fizzled out and she only looks forward to the weekends.

Anxious or short-tempered at work

If you find yourself always mad at work or always anxious about something, this can affect you emotionally. Whenever my supervisor gets blamed for something, she’s immediately mad. She’ll vent out to me but it’s just not right that the admin department always gets the blamed.

Always stressed out, tired and achy

I mentioned in the beginning that working for an accounting firm is pretty busy. There are two seasons in the year where overtime is required and it’s exhausting if you have to work 6 days week, 10 hours a day for almost 3 months each season. Overtime is great but too much of it is one of the main signs you’re burnt out from work.

Work environment is toxic

During my seven years working in a toxic environment, I had to leave before it got worse. I got tired of dealing with all the drama that happened in the office. It’s hard to trust anyone. I only trusted my supervisor and our receptionist. We were the trio in the admin department. The admin department is what helped hold the company together and get things done. We’re the smiling faces that greet clients who walk through the doors. And yet, the environment is just toxic and we were tired of getting the blame, of not feeling appreciated, and not getting the pay we deserved.

These reasons reflect what I saw in my supervisor and at work. My last two weeks working with her was hard for the both us. We worked well together and we got along great. Me leaving the company made me feel like I was leaving her to the wolves. We had long talks about life and our future during those two weeks. I kept telling her to leave because she’s not happy. I told her I’m leaving because when I look at her, I didn’t want to be burnout like her. She didn’t believe me at first but somewhere during my last two weeks she finally opened her eyes and realized that what I was telling her was all true.

There’s even more to the story that I think it’ll be a book. But in the end, she left the company. She’s now working for a company that is totally opposite from the accounting world. Same like me, I am now working for a hospital. We’re both happy with where we’re at now and I am so proud of her to finally think of herself and do what will make her happy.

If you’re burnt out from work, it comes from a lot of factors that goes into it. It affects our work like and personal life. Don’t let a toxic work environment ruin your life.

After reading this post, do you think you’re burnt out from work? It might be time for a new job.


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Comments (4)

  1. I can relate! I think I am semi-burnt out. I’m on leave right now with baby and I don’t really miss my job right now but I do miss some of my coworkers. I can see why a lot of people want to do FIRE because the 9-5 daily grind is so exhausting!

    1. Have fun with your baby and enjoy it! I didn’t want to go back to work after my maternity leave ended lol. I left my old job because it was just toxic and when I look at my supervisor, I didn’t want to go through what she went through. I left, she left, and the partners were panicking that their admin department was left with the receptionist (there were just 3 of us). I am also happy to say that she will also be leaving 🙂

  2. Is it normal to be somewhere in the middle ? I was really burnt out when I managed a retail store and had to work an average of 55 hours a week. I left that job and went into banking. I left my old job, which coincidently introduced me to some of my best friends, and started my current job. Some things you mentioned hit home, but I don’t think I’m past the line of being burnt out just yet. Either way I’ve realized that happiness at work is sometimes worth more than a bigger paycheck.
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    1. Lol yes, that is normal. I felt that way when I left the company. But like you said, happiness at work is worth a lot more than a big paycheck. She’s now working for the State, and even though she took a pay cut, she said she’s much happier now.

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