Are You Resilient at Work?

The dirty little secret in many organizations is burnout — but most companies refuse to admit it.  Instead their managers focus on building the resiliency of their employees.  It’s a positive spin on an ever-growing workplace challenge.  

But the truth is this:

Resiliency cannot exist if you are burned out.  

I focused on this issue in my keynote address for the Pittsburgh Human Resource Associations’ annual conference, where I spoke about How to Stop Workplace Burnout and Build Employee Resiliency.

I also inadvertently presented a real-time case study on “resiliency in action” when the technology CRASHED — about 10 minutes into my hour-long presentation!

Rather than stressing out or waiting for the tech guy to fix the problem, I adapted.  Since I was prepared and passionate about spreading my message on eradicating workplace burnout, I went “old school” without PowerPoints or any other tech.

Being resilient means being prepared AND being conscious that “life happens when you’re planning something else.”  Since part of my business is presenting keynote addresses, I was able to “walk the talk” that being resilient is critical to doing your job well — and enjoying what you’re doing!

In this post-keynote interview, I share some of my insights into the symptoms of burnout, why its victims are often professionally stigmatized, how companies can help build employee resiliency, and how I personally avoid burnout.

P.S.:  This keynote is published on PHRA’s YouTube channel.

©2020 Dr. Geri Puleo

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© 2020 G. A. Puleo

Dr. Geri Puleo, SPHR, is the President and CEO of Change Management Solutions, Inc., an eLearning and Coaching company focused on eradicating workplace burnout through the B-DOC Model.  An entrepreneur for over 25 years, keynote speaker, author, blogger, business coach, university professor, and researcher, you can see her “in action” by watching her TEDx Talk on YouTube.  To contact Dr. Puleo, please go to www.gapuleo.com

How NOT to Be a Grinch This Holiday!

Feeling “blue” during the holidays? You’re not alone. The holidays add even more to our “To Do” Lists — but there ARE ways to manage your holiday stress at home and at work!

Click here to find out more in my free eCourse by going to https://dr-geri-puleo.teachable.com/p/de-stressing-the-holidays/.

Ho, Ho, Ho!

© 2019 G. A. Puleo

Dr. Geri Puleo, SPHR, is the President and CEO of Change Management Solutions, Inc., an eLearning and Coaching company focused on eradicating workplace burnout through the B-DOC Model.  An entrepreneur for over 25 years, keynote speaker, author, blogger, business coach, university professor, and researcher, you can see her “in action” by watching her TEDx Talk on YouTube.  To contact Dr. Puleo, please go to www.gapuleo.com

Gratitude + Thankfulness = Thanksgiving!

Thanksgiving 2019 Meme

An environment in which gratitude and thankfulness are freely expressed creates the true spirit of Thanksgiving — but sometimes I think that this spirit has been lost in our mad rush to do it all, fix it all, and be everywhere at once.

For many people, Thanksgiving is a long weekend filled with obligations and familial duties that must be performed.  This creates a hyperactive, “rush rush” pace that misses the true intent behind the holiday.

  • Are you grateful for all that has been bestowed upon you in your life?  Even if you are facing challenging situations, there is always at least one thing that gives you peace and sparks joy in your being.  Find it.
  • Do you naturally express the thankfulness that you feel for all that is in your life?  Far too often, a simple “thank you” for an expression of kindness (large or small) is overlooked or simply assumed.  Express it.
  • Have you set aside even a few minutes for quiet reflection some time during the Thanksgiving weekend for all the blessings and advantages in your life?  Although it is said that it is better to give than receive, receiving graciously and giving freely are the cornerstones of a life of fulfillment and joy.  Live it.

This Thanksgiving, I urge you to think about more than just the turkey with all the fixings.  To think about more than the football games.  And to think more about the people in your life rather than the breakneck travel to see them.  Instead, really consider how your family and friends enhance the quality to your life. 

And don’t forget to spread the kindness of the season to your coworkers, bosses, and employees.  Thanksgiving in the workplace is a time to express your gratitude for how those with whom you work enable you to do your job well and succeed.  After all, the people with whom we work are just that:  people who want to feel grateful and appreciated.  Recognize them.  

By consistently combining gratitude with thankfulness, Thanksgiving expands beyond a single day in November and instead becomes a way of living and being in the world.

© 2019 G. A. Puleo

Dr. Geri Puleo, SPHR, is the President and CEO of Change Management Solutions, Inc., an eLearning and Coaching company focused on eradicating workplace burnout through the B-DOC Model.  An entrepreneur for over 25 years, keynote speaker, author, blogger, business coach, university professor, and researcher, you can see her “in action” by watching her TEDx Talk on YouTube.  To contact Dr. Puleo, please go to www.gapuleo.com

Change Your Perception…Change Your Stress

Stress is result of your estimate - Marcus Aurelius

Your experience of the world reflects your perspective of it.  Far too often, we become stressed out by what’s going on in our environment.

But have you noticed that some other people might not be feeling the same stress?

It all has to do with your perception.  Your estimate of what is happening and what it does or may mean to you gives your environment power over YOU.  By simply changing your estimation of what is going on, you can unleash your creativity and strength to deal with the situation…more proactively and with less debilitating stress.

So flip your perspective:  the world that you think is upside down, might actually be right side up!

© 2019 G. A. Puleo

Dr. Geri Puleo, SPHR, is the President and CEO of Change Management Solutions, Inc., an eLearning and Coaching company focused on eradicating workplace burnout through the B-DOC Model.  An entrepreneur for over 25 years, keynote speaker, author, blogger, business coach, university professor, and researcher, you can see her “in action” by watching her TEDx Talk on YouTube.  To contact Dr. Puleo, please go to www.gapuleo.com

Recovering From Burnout? Be Patient!

If you have recently recognized that you are (unfortunately!) burned out AND you have begun to take proactive steps to recover (fortunately!), I have some advice:

Be patient!  

You didn’t burn out overnight — it’s usually at least 6 months to 2 years prior to a full-blown burnout — so your recovery needs to be taken in incremental small steps in order to FULLY recover from burnout.

In this 3-minute video, I’ll share the 3 “baby steps” to take along your recovery.  You CAN overcome burnout and move forward toward a happier, less stressful life — but it’s important to begin those baby steps now!

© 2019 G. A. Puleo

Dr. Geri Puleo, SPHR, is the President and CEO of Change Management Solutions, Inc., an eLearning and Coaching company focused on eradicating workplace burnout through the B-DOC Model.  An entrepreneur for over 25 years, keynote speaker, author, blogger, business coach, university professor, and researcher, you can see her “in action” by watching her TEDx Talk on YouTube.  To contact Dr. Puleo, please go to www.gapuleo.com

Yep, Chronic Workplace Stress Leads to Burnout…

The World Health Organization has finally recognized burnout as a workplace phenomenon arising from…you guessed it…chronic job stress.  This is something that we’ve all been painfully aware of, but W.H.O.’s inclusion of burnout in its 11th Revision of the International Classification of Diseases as a workplace phenomenon is a game changer.  

As I mentioned in my TEDx Talk, burnout is very similar to PTSD — which is a de facto disability under the Americans with Disabilities Act in the U.S.  So I speculated that if burnout could be similarly categorized, employers would be required to provide reasonable accommodations to burned out workers.

Employers must start doing something to mitigate the high degree of stress in their workplaces in order to prevent employee burnout.  

In this short video, I’ll share a few of the organizational factors that my research has shown can lead to burnout.

Copyright 2019 G. A. Puleo