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With so much uncertainty going on in the world with the pandemic, wars, financial markets, employers shifting people to remote/back to work/hybrid, parents managing their children’s remote schooling and more, people have been accumulating stress.  

Even beyond that, a significant rise in meetings (308.8% more in 1-on-1 meetings & 25.3% more in meetings overall) & the Great Resignation are forcing people to spend more time in their workday (on average 8.95 hours, to 10.13 hours) to try and get their tasks done.

It’s not sustainable.

The data shows that burnout is on the rise with over half of people being burnt out (52% of people in 2021 vs 43% pre-pandemic).

What is Burnout? 

The World Health Organization defines it as:

“Burn-out is a syndrome conceptualized as resulting from chronic workplace stress that has not been successfully managed. It is characterized by three dimensions:

  • feelings of energy depletion or exhaustion;
  • increased mental distance from one’s job, or feelings of negativism or cynicism related to one’s job; and
  • reduced professional efficacy.

You can see what most of us are feeling; we’re tired, we’re stressed, we’re disconnected from our work, we’re less effective so we’re working longer and we’re switching jobs to see if we can find something better.


And it’s costing us our lives.  In the US alone, workplace stress led to nearly 120,000 deaths and nearly $190 billion in spending each year.


You can’t afford to ignore burnout any longer.  Check out this video on the business risks of burnout.


We can’t allow burnout to run rampant anymore.  We, as leaders, have a duty to support & take care of their people not only for business reasons but also for the betterment of the world.


What are you going to do about it?


This week on the Leadership Launchpad Project podcast, tech leader, Kaisu Iisakkila, joins Susan Hobson to talk about Leadership 2.0, her growth as a leader, the value of thought partners and how she’s stepping up to grow others  You can find the interview on Apple, Spotify, Stitcher, Amazon Music, Google Podcasts and more.

– Coach Rob

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