May 23, 2008
How do you spell "burnout"?
U.S. News & World Report had a fun article on job burnout this week. Allow me to paraphrase their top suggestions for those looking to burn out in a jiffy:
1. Don't let on that you have nothing to do. Instead, bone up on your Solitaire skills or catch up on your blog reading. For eight hours a day, five days a week.
2. Telecommute, and avoid all contact with the outside world. No phone calls, no lunches with neighbors, no strokes or suggestions from your boss back at the mothership. Just you, your inbox, and your slow descent into madness.
3. Be a yes man or woman. Don't ask for what you want on the job. Instead, wait for your manager to tell you and then agree without complaint.
4. Channel your inner George Costanza. Don't ask anyone to clarify "just what the heck it is you do around here," or how you'll know when you've succeeded in your role.
To this list, I'll add one more quick tip for those looking to crash and burn on the job:
Work clear through Memorial Day weekend. And while you're at it, work through all remaining weekends and holidays this year. The office will be quiet as a library, you'll get loads of work done, and you'll have free reign of the supply closet.
See you Tuesday!
Karen Burns is the author of The Amazing Adventures of Working Girl, a career guide based on her 59 jobs over 40 years in 22 cities.
Lisa Quast is a certified career coach, mentor, business consultant, former corporate executive and author based in the Seattle area.
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Natalie Singer is a Seattle writer, editor and small-business owner.
Michelle Goodman is the author of "My So-Called Freelance Life" and "The Anti 9-to-5 Guide."
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