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For years now, I have seen hustle-culture being glorified, and it frustrates me. The idea of earning respect by overworking yourself isn't healthy. It just isn't. As a small business owner, I fully understand the word hustle. I grind daily. But as human beings, we have limits, so I suggest that we must be intentional with how we hustle.

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We're all guilty of taking work home with us at the end of the day—whether that means thinking about your to-do list while making dinner, responding to emails on your phone, or actually pouring over spreadsheets on your laptop.

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Before we toss career terms out in the open, let's define them. What does workplace culture really mean? It's an environment. It's an atmosphere an employer creates for its employees. It's a bit of a mixture. It depends on an organization's leadership, beliefs, behaviors, attitudes, values, and traditions. This very concoction of traits is what produces overall synergy of a workplace's emotional and relational environment.

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While the 40-hour work week has long been considered the standard in the U.S., many employees often put in more hours than that.

The reason why people put in more than 40 hours a week of work can differ greatly, but if you're not careful the extra hours can do more harm than good.

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Experiencing job burnout, here are some ways to avoid it!

It’s 1 PM. You’ve worked through lunch. You’re on your third cup of coffee. And your workload just doesn’t seem to be getting any lighter! If there seems to be no end in sight and your boss isn’t recognizing the extra hours and effort you’re giving, it’s time to do something about it. Don't suffer with job burnout. There are some surefire, proactive solutions to the problem of being overworked and underappreciated. It’s time to get your life back! First and foremost, remember that if you’re just seeking validation and praise from other people, then you’ll never be satisfied - “you cannot seek praise from others—it has to come from within,” says Roxanne Peplow of Computer Systems Institute.

5 Ways To Avoid Job Burnout

Try not to get too down. And gear up to make some changes! Here’s what you should do:

1. Speak Up

Many overworked professionals simply have too much on their plate for one to handle. Here’s the thing… your manager would rather have your work be of quality than bombard you with unfocused, mediocre quantity of work. Prioritize your work and tell your manager if you’re swamped and stuck. “Many employees and workers mistakenly believe their job is at stake if they say they can’t handle one more project,” says Steve Duffy, president of Listhere.com. Duffy is much like your manager who would rather get quality than have you overworked and fall short of expectations. With just a hint of tact, telling your manager about your overload is like removing a giant roadblock between you and greater success. Communicate how you feel rather than trying to be a hero. READ FULL ARTICLE ►

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