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Jun 24, 2022

This week, Dan Neumann is joined by his friend and co-worker Ola Tunde.


In this episode, Dan and Tunde are exploring the matter of burnout, which sometimes is not that noticeable, and as a consequence, can pass unnoticed among co-workers. Burnout can result from many personal issues combined with the pressure of working in a small or big organization, and it can translate into a general loss of interest and motivation. Listen to this episode to find the difference between stress and burnout, and how to invest in yourself in order to rescue yourself from burnout.


Key Takeaways

  • How can you tell if you are feeling burnout?
    • Burnout is physical, emotional, or mental exhaustion, accompanied by decreased motivation, lower performance, and a bad attitude towards oneself and others.
    • Burnout is different from depression.
    • Burnout results from prolonged exposure to stress. It is a chronic state, a place of exhaustion.
  • There are three negative psychological impacts that burnout has on a person’s life:
    • Depersonalization.
    • Emotional exhaustion.
    • Lack of personal achievement.
  • There is a close relationship between stress and burnout.
    • When you are under stress you can still control the situation, but when you experience burnout you don’t have the energy to even address certain circumstances.
    • There is a healthy type of stress that promotes getting closer to solving a situation.
  • Leaders need to identify and understand those employees who are feeling burnout.
    • Good leaders (not managers) approach those who are acting differently and showing signs of burnout to find how they could be assisted, starting by giving them the chance to take a break.
  • We are our worst critics, we need to learn to prioritize our needs, and take care of ourselves.
    • Stop for a moment and set the goal of being kind to yourself, shift your mindset.
    • Take care of yourself: workout, take a break to go for a walk, take two days out of work, and take more time off!.
    • Do what relaxes you.
    • Seek help.
    • Leadership needs to create autonomy and empowerment; that is the reason why leaders need to encourage Team members to let their voices be heard.


Mentioned in this Episode:

Read more about burnout in this Psychology Today article.


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