Quiet Quitting, Pt. II: "More akin to burnout" - Don't stay in an unhealthy situation

Even the best employees can experience burn-out in their careers.

“I personally feel like quiet quitting is more akin to burnout,” said Jessica Olmo, therapist for Relevé Counseling.

According to the World Health Organization, burnout is defined by three characteristics:

  • Feelings of energy depletion or exhaustion

  • Increased mental distance from one’s job

  • Feelings of negativity or cynicism related to one’s job

One of the ways American workers deal with burnout is by speaking with their supervisors about their concerns. Those conversations can be productive. Other times, not so much.


“Sometimes, you’ve had those conversations over and over again and nothing really changes.”

Another way workers deal with it is through quiet quitting. Jessica believes if you find yourself dreading going to work, it might be time to find something new.

“You don’t have to be stuck in a job that you hate and you’re unhappy with and it’s just bringing you down.”

Tens of millions of Americans left their jobs during the Great Resignation. The most cited reasons include a lack of opportunity for advancement and feeling disrespected by coworkers and supervisors.


What can you do about it? Jessica utilizes a technique called the “Life Pie.”


“Your life pie is all the different aspects of yourself and all of the different things that make up a well rounded person.”

Leaving a job is tough, let alone switching careers. The Life Pie helps you figure out where your passion lies, so that you can start a new path for yourself.


“Having a visual does help give people a little bit more to go on and more to look at, but also helps them remember that there’s all these different parts of themselves and all these different parts that make up a fulfilling life.”

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