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How to Tell Your Boss You're Burnt Out

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A hectic, challenging career and a busy home life can lead to stress that can be hard to manage. If you're stressed at work, your productivity can suffer -- and if you're worried about your performance, you may find yourself stressing even more. The key is to talk to your manager and explain what is going on. It's important, however, not to give the impression that you're complaining or admitting that you can't fulfill the requirements of your position.

Make a list of why you feel burnt out at work and for each point develop a potential solution that could alleviate your stress. Most bosses appreciate when an employee also offers solutions to the concerns. Preparing a list for your meeting with the boss will also help to keep you on track and prevent you from saying something you may regret.

Arrange a meeting with your company's human resources representative. A human resources rep acts as a middle ground between management and employees, so she should impartially listen to your concerns. Ask the rep for suggestions to deal with your burnout. She should be experienced in dealing with work-related issues such as stress and may be able to help you even beforeyou speak to your boss. Ask the rep if she would consider sitting in on your meeting with the boss. The boss may require a human resources representative to attend the meeting anyway, and having already informed her of your situation, you'll appear prepared and organized.

Arrange a meeting with your boss. Set the meeting for a quieter time of the day such as early in the morning or at the end of the day. Doing so will limit the distractions.

Thank your boss for agreeing to see you and calmly present him with your concerns. After he's listened, tell him that you've also developed a list of potential solutions, then list the solutions. Ensure that the solutions are practical. For example, don't suggest that your burnout will simply disappear if you get an enormous raise or your a private office.

Detail each concern without sounding as though you're complaining. If an employee complains frequently, the boss' easiest solution might be to terminate or transfer the employee. Reiterate that you love your job but believe that you would be more effective if a few minor changes. Remind him that you want to improve your productivity, and hope that he'll consider your solutions.


Accept the decisions your boss makes following the meeting. If he's unwilling, or it's impossible, to make your solutions a reality, you may wish to consider finding a new job.