With workplaces disrupted by the pandemic, it’s the perfect opportunity to rethink work cultures. Now that things are so up in the air, we have the opportunity to change where and how they fall. And we have to do it, before a burnout crisis hits us, hard.
Companies keep burning out their employees — and promoting ‘balance’ doesn’t help. Work redesign offers a better solution. This article is authored by Professor Erin Kelly, our featured speaker this month.
It’s no surprise that women report higher levels of burnout. One study identified gender inequalities in the workplace as a key element that’s impacting occupational mental health. The article provides information on evaluating whether you are at risk for burnout and steps that can be taken to alleviate it.
The number of adults experiencing depression has tripled in the United States since the coronavirus outbreak began, according to a JAMA Network study, with more than one in four adults reporting symptoms of depression. According to Bank of America’s 2020 Workplace Benefits report, mental health resources are in high demand among employees.
The symptoms of burnout are familiar: lowered energy, a sense of feeling overwhelmed, increased negativity, and difficulty initiating new efforts. The burned out worker becomes overwhelmed by tasks, responsibilities, and challenges: very little is experienced as enjoyable or meaningful.
This year full of calamity and grief has driven many Americans to a point of exhaustion and anxiety that has left them completely frayed. The Cut spoke to five Black women about the jobs that were burning them out and how they coped.