Wisdom For Creating Profitable Companies Powered By Positivity
Burnout has become a crisis in recent years with rates climbing to 77% in 2023. It is a serious problem that affects many employees.1. Are you experiencing burnout in your job?
If you answered YES to any of these questions - you are not alone. JoAnna Brandi is very insightful on the "happiness in the workplace" topic. JoAnna is a Certified Chief Happiness Officer, workshop leader, consultant, Happiness Coach, and the author of three books. She is the creator of the popular online course, The Practice of Positive Leadership: Use the Science of Happiness to Keep Employees Engaged and Customers Happy.
Below, JoAnna discusses how organizations can take steps to reduce burnout by focusing on engagement, well-being, and strengths. She suggests that burnout-free employees are more engaged, experience a high well-being, and overall enjoy working in a culture that celebrates their strengths. She emphasizes the importance of building a positive culture and creating a shared sense of purpose to boost productivity and retention.
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Are You Or Your Employees Burning Out?
I sure hope not, but it’s quite possible you have a few who are feeling a little singed.
When I was at the beach walking this morning “musing” on what I would write about the only word I heard was “burnout.” It’s a word I have personal experience with, so I came home and decided to do a little research.
There is a ton of info out there on it now, since it’s crept up to crisis proportion! The rates of burnout have been climbing steadily every year. In 2021 it was reported to be 13.5%. In 2002, 59%, and now it’s at 77%! YIKES!
One person might reach this state by having meaningful conversations with others, some while reading spreadsheets. Regardless of what it is, uninterrupted, focused time doing what you are good at is critical to avoiding burnout.
So what can you do to help reduce burnout while engaging the best in your people?• First, establish mutual expectations and priorities. After 33 years of consulting, I can’t tell you the number of times employees confided in me that they didn’t mind the extra work. What they minded was that leaders kept piling work on to them, without helping them prioritize it. Duh.
When you have genuine "I-care-about-you" relationships with your team members they make their work and life fit better together.
The pandemic years have made one thing clear: the organizations that win the talent, customers, and profits of the future will be those that care for their employees best.
While managers play an essential role in decreasing burnout, of course, the ultimate responsibility falls on the leadership team that is building the culture.• The right kind of culture supercharges engagement, well-being, and strengths.
We all have a role to play. Let’s make burnout a thing of the past. Burnout isn't inevitable. By focusing on engagement, well-being, strengths, AND OF COURSE HAPPINESS, you can decrease burnout while increasing productivity.
By JoAnna Brandi, Certified Chief Happiness Officer