The Burnout Epidemic: The Rise of Chronic Stress and How We Can Fix It
September 20, 2021
Burnout is not just overworking, and it can't just be fixed with self-care.
The Burnout Epidemic: The Rise of Chronic Stress and How We Can Fix It by Jennifer Moss, Harvard Business Review Press
There's been no shortage of books about burnout lately, a topic that I want to say was pushed to the forefront of everyone's minds because of the pandemic. Realistically, I think burnout has more likely been overlooked, ignored, and pushed to the backs of our minds amidst the tumult of the times. Or if we thought anything about burnout, we weren't thinking of it in the right ways. Burnout is not just overworking, and it can't just be fixed with self-care. As Jennifer Moss writes in The Burnout Epidemic:
[B]urnout is a complex constellation of poor workplace practices and policies, antiquated institutional legacies, roles and personalities at higher risk, and systemic, societal issues that have been left unchanged plaguing us for far too long.
Moss reveals the blindspots of burnout from across the six main triggers: workload, perceived lack of control, lack of reward or recognition, poor relationships, lack of fairness, and mismatched values. With a variety of case studies, suggestions to transform the workplace in small ways, and questions to encourage further thinking about how your workplace prompts or prevents burnout. The Burnout Epidemic provides essential information for company leaders to rethink how they're combating burnout in the workplace and in their own lives.