Workplace Wellness for Libraries, May 19, 2023

It looks like burnout is the theme of this weeks articles. If you haven’t already explored the 6 causes of burnout take a look at some of these articles before reading the links below.

6 Causes of Burnout, and How to Avoid Them, The 6 Leading Causes of Employee Burnout, If You Want to Fix Burnout, You First Have to Understand Its 6 Main Causes, The 6 Causes of Professional Burnout And How To Avoid Them


Preventing burnout is now the number one job for bosses. These 7 strategies can protect your teams

… 42% of global workers reported feeling burnout in winter 2022, according to a survey from Future Forum—a 2% increase from the previous quarter and the highest since the survey began in May 2021. 

The article lists 7 things managers can do to help prevent burnout 

1. Make emotional proofreads a habit.

2. Set clear goals and celebrate mini-milestones.

3. Acknowledge what people are feeling.

4. Invest in your team and their well-being.

5. Praise your team openly and often.

6. Focus on professional development.

7. Set aside time to gather outside of work.

I have to disagree with 7. We already put in 40-50 hours a week at work, plus commute time. It is not reasonable to ask employees to donate time to do team building outside of work hours.

For Many Workers, Burnout Is Worse Than During The Pandemic

More American workers are experiencing burnout than at the height of the Covid-19 pandemic. Nearly six out of 10 labor participants in the United States self-reported feeling at least moderate levels of burnout, according to a recent Aflac report on workplace trends and attitudes

Recognizing the Signs of Burnout: How to Identify and Address Workplace Stress

This article covers the common signs of burnout in employees, what management can do to help individual employees experiencing burnout and what they should do prevent burnout among staff.

Why the four-day workweek works

…a growing body of evidence suggests that the four-day workweek can improve a workplace and make employees more satisfied. And experts told me that as productivity tools with artificial intelligence catch on and more high-ranking executives acknowledge the importance of rest, the four-day workweek could become more commonplace — and the five-day week may become an ancient relic.

Beyond The Bottom Line: Exploring The Real Costs Of Burnout In The Workplace

Burnout can cause employees to lose focus, make mistakes and take longer to finish tasks—lowering output and efficiency. Due to lower productivity, the company may lose money. As employees may need time off due to burnout, companies may have to pay for paid leaves, temporary replacements or overtime.

How to Tell If a Potential Employer Has a Burnout Culture

Burnout is often seen as an individual problem. But research has shown that burnout at work is due to systemic negative conditions, such as unequal promotion opportunities, a lack of autonomy or flexibility, feeling like you don’t belong, or a values misalignment, such as a lack of support for working parents.

Because burnout is cause by workplace practices, policies, and culture not individual choices it is important to know the six causes of burnout and how you might detect if the place you’re interviewing with has a burnout culture. This article looks at each of the six and offers sample questions for each. Definitely worth bookmarking for the future if you’re not job hunting now. I know I am saving!

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