What are the main causes of burnout?

What are the main causes of burnout

By Madison Hanscom, PhD

Burnout is deep and pervasive. It is marked by emotional exhaustion, physical fatigue, cynicism towards others, and depleted mental resources (1).

The main causes: The five factors that were most strongly related to burnout (as indicated by a survey of nearly 7,500 full time employees) are unfair treatment at work, unmanageable workload, lack of role clarity, lack of communication and support from the management, and unreasonable time pressure (2). There is something these burnout correlates have in common — they are issues with the workplace, not the person. Although teaching employees strategies to deal with these burnout factors can be valuable (e.g., meditation, resilience), it is not addressing the root cause. It is up to management to fix the system and culture in order to make deep, meaningful change happen.

What can leaders do to create a less stressful workplace? [Part 3]

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By Madison Hanscom, PhD

Take care of your own stress and work with employees to build a “stress management toolbox”. As I mentioned in Part 1 of this blog series, the right solutions are going to depend on the source of stress, and the best solutions are primary solutions that address the root of the problem. As a leader, you often have more power than employees to make changes that reduce stressors, so consider what you can do first to create a healthier work environment (see the second blog in this series).

What can leaders do to create a less stressful workplace? [Part 2]

What can leaders do to create a less stressful workplace 2

By Madison Hanscom, PhD

Leaders are in a unique position where they can make positive changes that influence the lives of their employees. Consider the following strategies:

What can leaders do to create a less stressful workplace? [Part 1]

What can leaders do to create a less stressful workplace 1

By Madison Hanscom, PhD

Remember that not all stressors have the same impact, and not all stress interventions work similarly.

There are different types of stressors. Some stress can actually be a great thing. It can be energizing, create engagement, or promote personal growth. A job without stress of any kind would be boring, and we certainly would not grow professionally! If you think back to some of your greatest achievements, there were likely stressful moments along the way. This is normal and healthy.

Nine Tools for Leaders to Manage Extreme Pressures and Mental Wellbeing through the COVID-19 Black Swan Event


By Josh Williams, Ph.D.

It is critical that leaders pay attention to their mental health during this pandemic and share information to employees on this topic. The extreme stressors leaders are dealing during this pandemic can bring mental health issues like stress and anxiety to the forefront. Leaders should be commended for their proactive efforts during these times. There are numerous examples of executives doing the right thing by their employees which will be detailed in upcoming blogs. This is especially commendable as financial perils threaten many organizations. Executives are dealing with unprecedented economic uncertainty while managing stressors in truly uncharted waters.


Dealing with COVID-19: Alleviating Stress & Anxiety via Communication


By Maggie Carey

As we face these trying times it is easy to get swept into the hysteria that surrounds COVID-19. Coronavirus is real, and try as we might, we do not have control over it. However, we do have control over how we respond to it. So, how can we change the way we communicate to manage our current stress and anxiety?


Burnout in the workplace

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By Brie DeLisi

Burnout? It’s all the rage right now… Technology has had both a wonderful and terrible impact on the workplace. We’ve streamlined processes, resulting in the ability to take on more tasks in a day than ever before. Not only that but we are connected 24 hours a day to ensure we don’t miss a thing in the office, our social circles and world news, all at once.