Who holds the responsibility when we experience burnout? Is it the management, our colleagues or us?
Burnout is a state of physical and emotional exhaustion. Most people don’t realize that they’re reaching burnout until something extreme happens to them and they hear the news from their coach.
When we think of burnout, we typically think of people being very tired and taking a short leave from work. It’s actually messier than that. Let me give you an example. When you take a day break to rest, how do you feel the following morning going to work? Revitalized or still exhausted? Now let me ask you again, when was the last time you felt truly energized and full of life? I think you get the point.
Our body is a complex system that needs to be treated with respect and care. We upgrade our software and change tires on our cars, nurture our plants with special fertilizers and give only the best pet food to our pets. But we don’t do the same for ourselves and our mental health.
Burnout is our responsibility, but most people cannot tell they are burnout out, because it has become normalized. And let’s be honest, most people can’t cope (let alone afford) with having to say ‘no’ to their boss. With “burnout” now officially recognized by the World Health Organization (WHO), the responsibility for managing is shifting away from the individual and towards the organization.
So what can you as an individual do to protect yourself from burnout and what can you as an organization do to protect your most valuable asset, your people?