Are you feeling burnt out? According to recent statistics, there’s a very good chance that you are. A 2021 survey by Indeed.com found that over half of its 1,500 respondents were experiencing burnout.
Believe it or not, the World Health Organization proclaimed that burnout was an occupational epidemic well before COVID-19 turned our lives upside down. In fact, the WHO included burnout in the International Classification of Diseases (ICD-11) in the spring of 2019.
If the WHO identified burnout as problem before COVID-19, what about now? If you work in healthcare or education, your job became overwhelmingly intense and dangerous. Did you begin working from home? That line between work and life began to blur. As a parent or caregiver, you lost the time and energy to take care of yourself. If you are a frontline worker, you felt the fear of getting COVID.
Even as COVID cases decline, we are still dealing the trauma of the past couple of years. You might have lost a loved one, or you may be living with long-haul COVID symptoms. Not to mention a devastating war that troubles most of us.
This is a challenging time for many, and that calls for more compassionate workplaces. Now is the time for us to take care of ourselves and one another.
If you’re curious about whether or not you are burnt out, you can fill out the brief assessment below. If you know burnout is a problem within your organization, you may want to look into our workplace trainings that foster compassion and connection. You can also check out these tools for promoting self-compassion at work and tips for working from home without burnout out.
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