supers say they feel caught between management and tenants - a tenant
will demand an item or a service that management isn't willing to
deliver, causing tension between and among those he must deal with on
a daily basis.
Others supers find that the 24/7 aspect of
their jobs is most stressful, the fact that they never feel like they are truly "off
duty" because they live on the premises, and can therefore be contacted WHENEVER an
irate tenant wants a service performed, or just wants to vent.
Still others find that their biggest cause
of stress is that there are never enough hours in a day to complete their assigned work.
They have too much to do, and too few hours.
Whatever the cause, stress at work can
Burnout is an impairment of motivation to
function, resulting in growing inability to mobilize interest and abilities. Nobody in
today's hectic world is immune.
Here are some warning signals:
- Feelings of frustration
- Emotional outbursts
- "Why bother?" attitude
- Sense of alienation
- Substandard performance
- Increased use of drugs/alcohol
Conditions leading to burnout:
- Unrealistically high expectations for oneself
- A sense of powerlessness in being able to
remedy problems in the workplace
- Experience a lack of support or encouragement
- Preoccupation with work and putting in long
hours to the exclusion of outside activities
Which symptoms of burnout do you
- You work long hours with an assumption that
more time on the job will ease your stress.
- You constantly feel tired and lack energy.
- You dread going to work each day.
- You have loss of appetite, frequent illness
and muscle tension.
- You are bored and detached.
- You are impatient and irritable with tenants
and others at work and at home.
- You find it difficult to concentrate and the
quality of your work decreases.
- You have negative, cynical and hostile
attitudes towards others, particularly superiors.
- You suffer loss of self-esteem and confidence.
- You blame others when things go wrong.
Here are 10 steps for maintaining
mental fitness. You can feel much better when you do these things:
- You have real needs. Become aware of them!
- Let your needs be known. Don't try to hide
- Demonstrate behavior that reflects high
- Work to improve yourself. (Set goals).
- Stop negative value judgments about yourself
and others (It only makes you feel worse).
- Allow, and plan for, successes. (Goals,
- Think positively! (You'll like yourself a lot
- Find places to escape to, when appropriate.
- Find ways to help each other.
- Be willing to seek help when required.
It can be very helpful to understand that you
are not alone with your feelings, that others share the same stress, and that it can be