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Loss of meaning, loss of passion = brown-out

In addition to burn-out and bore-out, two professional afflictions born respectively from excess of work or boredom, there is a third pathology emerging. Caused by the demotivation that is provoked when daily tasks are plagued with absurdities, this condition is known as brown-out (literally, a drop in voltage in electrical power supply). How can you identify brown-out when it creeps into your office? And how can you eradicate it?


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Loss of meaning, loss of passion = brown-out

Based on : The Stupidity Paradox: The Power and Pitfalls of Functional Stupidity at Work by Mats Alvesson and André Spicer (Profile Books, June 2016) ; Néantreprise. Dans votre bureau personne ne vous entend crier by Marc Estat (Favre, March 2016) ; and “Après le burn-out et le bore-out, voici le brown-out” (Le Monde, October 2016) ; “Prevent Your Star Performers from Losing Passion for Their Work “ (Harvard Business Review, January 2015).


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