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How to Spot the Signs of Burnout

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This year has been exhausting.

Whether you were one of the lucky shops to experience a surprise boom in business or this last year has left you scrambling to pivot like never before, 2020 has presented a never-ending series of questions and challenges to keep everyone on their toes and their wheels spinning.

It should come as no surprise then that a year filled with stress and limits tested has set the stage for a different kind of epidemic—burnout. 

In 2019, the World Health Organization actually classified the problem as a medical diagnosis "resulting from chronic workplace stress that has not been successfully managed," and as business owners, shop operators are probably more familiar with the concept than most. But what exactly does burnout look like and how an you prevent it or overcome it once you've finally hit a wall?

This month, Ratchet+Wrench is talking to industry insiders about their experiences with burnout and how to overcome that feeling of exhaustion. Up first, in Why Burnout is Holding You Back, is Aaron Stokes, Ratchet+Wrench columnist and AutoFix owner, who shares how his ups and downs in the industry led to some pretty serious burnout, and how shop owners can stop those intense experiences from holding you back and achieving your potential.

For more insights on blocking burnout check out these helpful reads:

Avoiding and Recovering from Burnout

How Burnout Can Intensify Your Job Stress And Throw You Into A Vicious Circle — Forbes

6 Causes of Burnout and How To Avoid ThemHarvard Business Review 


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