To fight burnout, workers can’t allow well-being to feel like another to-do

In her book ‘The Burnout Epidemic,’ author Jennifer Moss describes a crisis in well-being as a result of workers being stretched to their limits

. . . . What did we learn, in a nutshell? Burnout is a global problem. Some statistics:

  • 67% of respondents worked at or above a supervisor level.
  • 89% of respondents said their work life was getting worse.
  • 85% said their well-being had declined.
  • 56% said their job demands had increased.
  • 62% of the people who were struggling to manage their workloads had experienced burnout “often” or “extremely often” in the previous three months.
  • 57% of employees felt that the pandemic had a “large effect on” or “completely dominated” their work.
  • 55% of all respondents didn’t feel that they had been able to balance their home and work life—with 53% specifically citing homeschooling as the reason.
  • 25% felt unable to maintain a strong connection with family, 39% with colleagues, and 50% with friends.
  • Only 21% rated their well-being as “good,” and a mere 2% rated it as “excellent.”

Yet, there’s good news: Some people I spoke to were grateful for their employers’ interest in helping them work through their stress. Despite the cornucopia of wellness offerings, it was “the thought that counts” that reminded me why some companies do alright in these moments of crisis and some don’t. . . . . full story at Fast Company here