“Gustavo Tanaka, co-founder of Brazilian start-up incubator Baobba Lab, put it bluntly: “No one can stand the employment model any longer.”
“We are reaching our limits. People working with big corporations can’t stand their jobs,” Tanaka wrote in a Huffington Post blog on Dec. 16. “People want out. They want to drop everything. Take a look on how many people are willing to risk entrepreneurship, people leaving on sabbaticals, people with work-related depression, people [experiencing] burnout.”
It’s not only unsustainable for workers, but also for the companies that employ them. Science has shown a clear correlation between high stress levels in workers and absenteeism, reduced productivity, disengagement and high turnover.
“I think we’re at a tipping point in the sense that this is no longer sustainable,” Seppälä said. “We’re seeing that approximately 75 percent of workers are disengaged, and it’s costing the economy an enormous amount of money in stress and turnover.” “
There’s no question that something is broken. There are lots of things we could blame, the economy, bad management, technology, etc. but the bottom line is that for many people, the typical corporate job just doesn’t make sense. There are too many hours, there’s too much connectivity, and too much stress. It’s not healthy.