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Preventing burnout: it’s your business

Mental health – particularly burnout – has traditionally been seen as an issue for HR and occupational medicine. Yet the number of cases has grown exponentially in recent years, and it would be simplistic to think that personal problems are the sole cause. Today you have a critical role to play in averting burnout.

In the United States, 81% of employees interviewed by Maslach and Leiter stated that they suffered from burnout or other mental health issues. Eighty-one percent! The psychological health of your people is actually a management issue (and not just HR’s concern) – especially since Covid – and we all have a part to play in preventing anything that could impair our health in the workplace.

Based on

The Burnout challenge by Christina Maslach and Michael P. Leiter (Harvard University Press, 2022).

1 – Identify burnout 

The expression “I’m feeling burned out” is frequently used to describe a state of intense fatigue; burnout, on the other hand, is more complex and doesn’t just stop at physical exhaustion. Nor is it due to an excessive workload alone.

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Florence Meyer
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