Superhero Syndrome and Overcoming/Avoiding Burnout
Well, what crazy times we are in! I bet you guys have been running your arses off over the past few weeks to make sure that all of your IT systems are available from any location and everyone is operational – whether that is for your own company or your customers. Take a deep breath and pat yourself on the back for a job well done for all your efforts so far and know that those users do appreciate all the effort you have put in (even if they don’t say it out loud!).
So, lets’ talk about Superhero Syndrome and the resulting burnout that can come with it if you don’t stop in time. And please note, this does happen at other times, it is probably just more prevalent right now as we have had a huge task to undertake.
What is Superhero Syndrome?
This is where you are ‘saving the world’. In our case, we aren’t out fighting Megamind or Thanos, we are getting people working! You are upping the amount of work you do, taking on more and more tickets and projects, slogging away from the moment you wake up until the moment you fall asleep, sometimes at your desk, you might even pull an all-nighters a couple of times a month – and not the partying kind!
Your teams are all looking up to you as you are getting the recognition for working hard; the users you have helped will now only speak to you when they call in; line managers are happy as you are putting so much effort and not claiming overtime; everyone on the team comes to you as you are the ‘guru’ of everything; and you can regale everyone down the pub (albeit virtually at the moment) with stories of how you stopped impending disaster and complain at home that no-one else seems to be pulling their weight, just like you.
Does this sound like you? I can certainly think of a fair few people this applies to, even me at some points in time.
So how do you avoid and overcome burnout?
Make a cup of tea, download the article (it’s full of steps to take to avoid and overcome burnout) and enjoy some time out!