EPISODE 256 More and more people are feeling tired and lonely at work which leads to burnout. In today’s episode learn some of the actions you can take to deal withe burnout.  This is a serious issue but this is not a downer episode, we promise!!

 

STUFF WE LEARN IN THIS EPISODE
I’m shocked at how many people are lonely. Being surrounded by people and appearing happy, many individuals still feel alone. Research has shown that just 30 years ago individuals used to have a handful of confidants, but the same research done in the last few years shows people are lucky if they have one.

Emma Seppälä, Ph.D.: Science Director, Stanford Center For Compassion And Altruism Research And Education.

Marissa King, Ph.D.: Professor of Organizational Behavior at Yale School of Management.

Dr. Seppälä and Dr. King found in the General Social Survey of 2016 that compared with 20 years ago people are twice as likely to report that they are exhausted at work. 50% of people are often or always exhausted due to the work they are doing. There is a significant correlation between feeling lonely and work exhaustion.

50% of people across all professions are burnt out. Loneliness, whether it results from social isolation or exhaustion has serious health consequences. It is worse for your health to be lonely than obesity, drinking or smoking. Emotional pain registers in the brain in the same place as physical pain. We see loneliness increasing exponentially with the increase of social media, ear buds, tv/movie streaming, gaming etc.

What can you do to solve burn out for yourself and others?
1. Promote a workplace culture of inclusion and empathy.
2. Encourage employees to build developmental networks.
3. Create a support network.
4. Help people have successes.

 

QUOTES BY CHRIS
“The more that people are exhausted, the lonelier they feel.”
“People love to be successful.”

 

ACTION ASSIGNMENTS
Take your temperature. Are you lonely at work? Do you need to begin reaching out to others? Begin to connect with people.

 

QUESTION OF THE DAY
“What is the fastest way for me to make money?“ -Anna, Kansas

ANSWER
Short term: Jump jobs as quickly as possible and take a promotion at another organization. You get more of a raise by switching organizations than staying within the same company.

Long term: Reach the highest levels of an organization. Have a side gig. Watch your budget!


 

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