Advice From a CEO: How to Address and Avoid Burnout

by | Sep 28, 2021 | Podcast

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Burnout is real and we are experiencing it like never before. It’s the main factor in why people are leaving jobs at record-setting paces.

In this week’s episode of Reflect Forward, I share my feelings of burnout and how by modeling self-care, listening to employees, helping them offload work, and showing that you care, you can help them avoid burnout, too.

Some interesting tidbits on burnout:

According to Gallup’s recent report, Employee Burnout: Causes and Cures, “76% of employees experience burnout on the job at least sometimes, and 28% say they are burned out “very often” or “always” at work.”

Here is an interesting fact from Gallup’s extensive polling:

People are disengaging faster than ever and therefore quitting their jobs more quickly than ever. But it’s not pay, for the most part, that’s making them leave. It’s engagement. In fact, people who feel engaged at work are no more likely to leave their jobs now than they were pre-pandemic. Data shows that engagement is key – it’s what makes the difference – as to whether people stay or go.

According to Gallup, if a new company offers an engaged person a 20% pay increase, they will consider the job but not necessarily take it. But these are not the people who are leaving in droves.

On the other hand, 75% of those who are actively disengaged in their jobs are looking for a new one. Even a decrease in pay might entice them.

Question of the Week

This week’s question came from a person who attended a conference with me last week and he asked, “How to you use storytelling to improve your leadership?”

I love this question. People love stories – they inspire, move and motivate us. And leaders who know how to tell a story masterfully will do these things and more.

There are many courses and articles you can read on this topic, but I share a few of my tips:

1. Create drama and solve a problem in your story. Everyone wants the emotional hook.

2. Leave your audience with actionable takeaways. Make it easy for them to know what to do after listening to your story.

3. Consider your voice inflection. All good storytellers know when to slow down and speed up and when to speak softly and then loudly.

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