Groupthink blindly walking off the edge Disgruntled and frustrated feelings arising from unmet expectations can lead to burnout. Life is funny. We all have great dreams about what we want to do and who we want to be. Many of us even create detailed plans to get us there. Far too often we set extremely … Continue reading Are Your “Should’s” and Expectations Leading to Burnout?
Stress in red with blurred words The pandemic introduced burnout into our common lexicon. Burnout was rarely talked about openly before the Covid pandemic. After the pandemic, people began using the term “burnout” to describe everything from too many Zoom meetings to too little time spent with colleagues. The drastic changes in lifestyle demanded by … Continue reading Why Stressed Out Is NOT Burned Out (but it should be taken as a warning sign)
Ninja Burnout behaves like a ninja: it relies on stealth to pull its victims far along the downward spiral before they are even aware of what’s happening. I’m not kidding. Based on decades of intensive research into the burnout experience, none of the people whom I interviewed believed that it was one singular event that … Continue reading The Stealthy Downward Spiral to Burnout
Baby steps walking away As an expert in workplace burnout, I’m often asked: “What should I do when I realize I’m burned out?” First of all, let me congratulate you on recognizing that you ARE burned out! I’m not being flippant. Denial is one of the key characteristics of the downward spiral to burnout. So … Continue reading The First Step to Take If You’re Burning Out
COVID-19 is real and has been affecting the way in which we work and live. WFH (work from home) has changed our routines -- and is causing many of us to realize that our previous schedules were highly stressful. Perhaps during this time of remote working and WFH, we can take stock of how stressed … Continue reading What do you REALLY need to recover from burnout?
The coronavirus pandemic is a global threat to health, safety, and economic stability. In response, many countries have imposed "stay at home" mandates to enforce social distancing. Routines have often been smashed as eligible employees struggle with their new remote work arrangements. Those who are new to a remote work arrangement are often faced with … Continue reading Burnout Recovery: The Potential Upside of Coronavirus Remote 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 … Continue reading Are You Resilient at Work? [VIDEO]
If you’re feeling tired, you’re not alone. According to a recent NSC survey, 73% of Americans reported that they felt too tired to function at work 53% admitted they are less productive 44% had trouble focusing But is there an underlying cause for our fatigue? Sleep deprivation may be the underlying factor. Heavy workloads, extended … Continue reading Stress, Fatigue, and Burnout: What to do now to finally get some sleep
Last month I was thrilled to be part of an international online summit focusing on burnout in nurses. Even if you're not a nurse, the insights from the summit can help you avoid and overcome burnout. In this 30-minute interview, I discuss the workplace stressors that can lead to burnout. Thanks to the generosity of Ashild Tilrem … Continue reading How to Promote a Stress-Free Workplace [INTERVIEW]
When I was conducting my research that led to the Burnout During Organizational Change Model (B-DOC), I asked my participants to identify what they believed led to their burnout. I didn’t offer any potential choices relating to what I thought caused burnout. So, one particular finding left me, well, flabbergasted: A disturbing 57.1% of my … Continue reading What To Do When Your Boss Is Unethical