Did you know that burnout is a disease? Not in a figurative sense...but in a literal, clinical sense. It’s listed in the ICD-11 which is the International Classification of Diseases 11th edition, and has its own code [ QD85].
Here’s the actual definition: Burn-out is a syndrome conceptualized as resulting from chronic workplace stress that has not been successfully managed. It is characterized by three dimensions: 1) feelings of energy depletion or exhaustion; 2) increased mental distance from one’s job, or feelings of negativism or cynicism related to one's job; and 3) reduced professional efficacy.
The good news is that it’s preventable and treatable when organizations and people take the right steps! Leaders, here are 6 things you can do to help create a burnout-proof organizational culture:
✅ Ensure sustainable workloads
✅ Offer autonomy in people’s work
✅ Frequent rewards and recognition for effort
✅ Establish psychological safety as an expectation for interactions
✅ Create fair practices
✅ Provide the why and purpose for your people and their role
In addition to organizational changes, please check out this 4 minute clip on things people can do for themselves to help prevent burnout:
This is why at Dulead we created a software platform that runs the playbook of best practice experiences automatically and continuously over time to keep everyone engaged and inspired:
Growth: Engage everyone in ongoing growth opportunities
Recognition: Regular cadence of celebration, appreciation, and feedback
Teamwork: Coaching managers to build healthy team relationships
Feedback: Receive and provide feedback with a consistent rhythm
Everyone desires meaningful work where they become the best version of themselves and make their best contributions in the world.
If your organization isn’t helping them make this progress, they’ll burnout and go somewhere else that will help them make this progress.
It’s that simple.
If you’re tired of spinning your wheels year after year with your people and engagement strategies - let’s connect!
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