Monday, June 10, 2019

“Burnout is — A negative state of physical, emotional, and mental exhaustion that is the end result of a gradual process of disillusionment. It is typically found among highly motivated individuals who work over long periods of time in situations that are emotionally demanding.”
– Wilmar Schaufeli –

In 1974, American psychologist Herbert Freudenberge had a revelation about workplace burnout, observing that the most at-risk professions were those whose work required empathy and emotional engagement. Today, our focus on engaged leaders places not just the “helping professions” like doctors and nurses at risk – but any professional who cares.

Click here to learn how the medical profession is adapting to mitigate burnout and then consider how your organization might take similar steps. Because, while we all want more engaged leaders (and employees), it cannot come at the expense of well being.