When Going Above and Beyond is a Bad Thing

Finishing all your work in a timely manner and helping out when necessary, but when does being productive cross the line into being overworked?  While some IT recruiters might do the bare minimum at their IT staffing company, there are those who go above and beyond what is considered the norm—and this is not always best.  Setting unrealistic expectations and overworking yourself to meet unattainable goals sets you up to be burned out.  Technical recruiters often confuse stress with burnout, but while some stress is beneficial, burnout is detrimental to one’s overall health.  Here are some tips to maintain your work load without sacrificing your wellbeing.

Leaving Work in the IT recruiting Office.  IT recruiters need to be readily available to his clients, but remember you have needs that you must meet outside of work obligations, too.  Bringing technical recruiting work home with you everyday prevents you from spending time with your family and friends and, most importantly, takes away time from relaxing and recovering.  Exercise to burn off stress and maintain a healthy, clear mind.  Work will not disappear; it will be waiting for your return in the morning, so give it a rest!

Working Overtime

Everyone experiences times when they must work more than expected, but do not make this a habit.  Working overtime is not always best because your quality of work diminishes as your interest level drops.  If you are paid hourly, the money might be enticing, but align your priorities first.  If you find you cannot complete your tasks in an appropriate time period, it is your responsibility to speak up that you have too much of a work load.

Asking for Help and Saying No

Some employees carry too much pride to ask for help when they need it.  Work continues to pile up and the individual tries to rush through his projects, leaving room for errors.  Take a step back and evaluate what you can and cannot handle.  If someone addresses you for help, be honest when you cannot take on additional work.  People appreciate the truth more than hearing yes and being let down.

Remember that doing your best does not mean working all hours of the day and night.  It has been proven that taking periodic breaks can improve your work performance.  No amount of money is worth sacrificing your health and relationships!

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AVID (Applications, Voice, Internet, Data) Technical Resources is a leading Information Technology recruiting company. Specializing in placing contract and permanent personnel in both Infrastructure Support and Applications Development positions, AVID has a national presence supporting clients ranging from small businesses to Fortune 100 companies. Headquartered in Boston, MA, AVID has achieved tremendous growth since the firm's inception in 2003. This has triggered numerous national awards and recognition, such as being named to Inc. 500 Magazine's list of 5,000 Fastest Growing Privately-held Companies in the US in 2010, 2011 and 2013. Additionally, the firm boasts of having more than 100 five-star reviews on Google from clients and candidates who rave about their experience and interaction with the firm's recruiters.