You would think, after everything we’ve been through this year with COVID-19, racial justice issues, a dysfunctional election, and natural disasters, maybe, just maybe this wouldn’t still be the case, but I’m afraid for many workers, this is totally true:
“In my opinion, productivity is given undue importance, while burnout is largely ignored in the modern workplace. In fact, workaholism is considered a welcome trait. While overwork may help avoid feeling depression in its entirety, I can tell you from personal experience that it is a temporary fix that often leads to burnout. And while it’s easy to burnout, recovering from it is hard.”
The article below has some good ideas for how we can, as individuals, change this expectation in ourselves, but I also want to highlight this section, because I think it really matters, and echoes something I’ve talked about myself:
Even as more and more workplaces are focusing on mental health, speaking up about mental health struggles, in general, has to be normalized — and you can do your bit by sharing your issues. If you are an employee, tell your coworkers and manager(s). If you are an entrepreneur or business owner, speak with your clients and customers. As long as you keep it professional, no law says you cannot discuss mental health at work.
Employers, is your workplace a place where employees, and managers, can have open, honest, conversations? If not, what are you going to do to make that change and help avoid burning out all of your people?