The high pressure that comes with a career in the legal profession doesn’t need to be your constant companion. This high pressure, long workdays, never-ending meetings, constant pinging of the email, and late-night conference calls can lead to one dangerous situation – career burnout.
Whether you specialize in legal transcription services, court reporting, or work as a lawyer, the stress and demands can be more than a lot of us can sustain. While work stress has always been an issue, we’re seeing an increase in the numbers of people suffering from career burnout and depression. Many experts chalk this up to the invasion of technology in our work and home lives.
Technology has shaped the legal profession for the better, but it has also contributed to an always working environment. Technology is part of every aspect of the legal profession and is one of the top trends in court reporting, changing the way everyone works. Ironically, as much as technology has helped contribute to legal career burnout, it is also a valuable tool for preventing career burnout.
In this article, we look at the three common types of career burnout and at how using technology differently can help you or a colleague prevent burnout.
The Three Types of Career Burnout
A recent study from John Hopkins University of depression in 104 different careers revealed that lawyers are 3.6 times more likely to experience depression and burnout than other professions.
Regardless of if you’re a lawyer, paralegal, legal transcriptionist, or court reporter, you must be aware of the three types of career burnout:
- Frenetic burnout: essentially working so hard that you become exhausted. This is what most people think of when they think of burnout. When you’re constantly working and adding more items to your to do list, it can be impossible to rest and sleep. This creates a vicious cycle of ultimately working yourself into exhaustion.
- Underchallenged burnout: there is nothing worse than a boring career and work environment. Working in such conditions can lead to underchallenged burnout where people begin to feel lost and lack purpose in their work life. This can lead to depression and feelings of helplessness.
- Worn-out burnout: chronic stress, lack of career control, or a lack of respect among your colleagues can cause burnout. With worn-out burnout, people are simply worn-out from trying to meet high work standards and in doing enough work that provides positive feedback and encouragement. It can be super challenging to find the motivation to overcome this negative work environment, culminating in career burnout.
Unfortunately, career burnout is more common than most of us realize. If you are feeling overly stressed, depressed, or can relate to any of the three types of career burnout – we want you to talk to someone such as your doctor, family member or close friend.
How To Use Technology to Prevent Career Burnout
Our goal is to make sure you know how to prevent career burnout from happening to you or your colleagues. When used intelligently, technology can be your best ally in preventing career burnout and ultimately creating a better work-life balance.
- Telecommuting: one of the biggest changes we see thanks to technology is the opportunity for remote or telecommute legal transcription services, law offices, and court reporting firms. When people are able to easily work-from-home or from another convenient location, the commute is eliminated, stress levels are reduced, negative office politics can be eliminated, and you have the ability to truly turn off and disconnect. Employees are also more productive when telecommuting, allowing them to better prioritize and focus on demanding tasks.
- Better scheduling: there are many different types of scheduling software available that can help managers see how much their team members are working. By tracking the amount of time spent on each project and creating burn-down charts, etc., managers are able to better understand which employees are working too much and where there are areas for improvement.
- Stress relief: the cycle that can lead to career burnout often includes people neglecting their families, friends, and downtime. This means less sleep, poor eating habits, lack of exercise, and an unhealthy lifestyle. Take advantage of apps including meditation tools, sleep monitors, fitness trackers and reminders, and entertainment apps such as music, podcasts, and movies.
Career burnout and chronic work stress should not be happening. Learn about the signs of career burnout and empower yourself with the knowledge and technologies that can help you prevent career burnout from happening to you.