Workplace Wellness Links May 5, 2023


A Two-Minute Burnout Checkup

…there are three core attributes of burnout:

    • First, we feel exhausted and as though we have no energy to do good work.
    • Second, we feel cynical and have negative attitudes toward our projects. We also experience a sense of disassociation from those projects and from the people around us, whether coworkers, friends, or family.
    • Third, burnout makes us feel ineffective, as though we’re accomplishing significantly less than usual and can’t muster the fortitude to be productive.

The sooner you recognize you are experiencing burnout or are close to it, the sooner you can start addressing it. Hopefully, with support from management. 

The weight bias against women in the workforce is real — and it’s only getting worse

 …an increase of 10% in a woman’s body mass decreased her income by 6%. This wage cut comes on top of the fact that women already earn 20% less on average than men in the U.S. “So, when you add the penalty for being a woman, plus the penalty for being overweight, for instance, that net penalty is quite large,” 

People can even be fired for being seen as overweight because it isn’t a protected category under the federal worker protection agency the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.

In light of that article I think this one from 2021 is important. 

I’m a Fat Activist. I Don’t Use the Word Fatphobia. Here’s Why

Discriminatory attitudes aren’t a mental illness. Mental health advocates and activists in the Mad Pride” mental health movement have been clear: Oppressive behavior isn’t the same as a phobia. Phobias are real mental illnesses, and conflating them with oppressive attitudes and behaviors invites greater misunderstanding of mental illnesses and the people who have them. Whether we mean to or not, describing bigotry as a phobia can increase the stigma that people with mental illnesses already face. For me, avoiding the term fatphobia is about refusing to pit marginalized communities against one another, and prioritizing harm reduction.

People who hold anti-fat attitudes don’t think of themselves as being “afraid” of fatness or fat people. Fatphobia denotes a fear of fat people, but as the most proudly anti-fat people will tell you readily, they aren’t afraid of us. They just hate us. Calling it a “fear” legitimates anti-fat bias, lending credence and justification to the actions of those who reject, pathologize, and mock fat people, often without facing consequences for those actions.

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