When I began researching workplace burnout nearly 20 years ago, I was met with skepticism and often received the following comments (accompanied with rolled eyes and sighs of exasperation): "Oh, it's the employee's problem if they can't deal with stress!" "If an employee can't take the heat, then they should just leave the kitchen!" "What do … Continue reading Finally! World Health Organization Say Burnout IS a Medical Diagnosis
Integrity, honesty, transparency, and ethics. These highly valued characteristics are critical in building trust, engagement, and commitment in the workplace. But the importance of ethics goes beyond the accepted treatment of employees: ethics represent the core values that will shape decision-making behaviors throughout the organization. Many companies have published ethics and compliance policies. By having … Continue reading The Unethical Boss: Is Your Culture a Willing Accomplice?
We’ve all heard about the importance of “engaging” employees. Engaged employees are: Happier and more satisfied in their jobs. Less likely to leave the company for a better opportunity. Able to be more productive and create higher quality results for customers. The foundation for organizational constancy, profitability, and sustainability. Sounds great, huh? But what is … Continue reading Start Igniting Employees’ Passion (Instead of Engagement)
Workplace burnout is rampant. But what causes it? Is it organizational practices -- or is it the employee's maladaptive response to stress? And, more importantly, can you actually recover from burnout? In my interview with Carol Miltersteiner for her new Dutch blog, The Better Achiever, I discussed the 10 organizational stressors that lead to burnout and … Continue reading The Journey of Workplace Burnout
Vision. Mission. Values. Culture. These are fundamental tools in the creation of a resilient, supportive environment that engages its workers. If you’ve never attempted to create any of these inspirational intangible organizational assets, you’re in for a treat – plus a lot of frustration and (often) confusion. Creating these motivational beacons to guide employees through … Continue reading The One-Word Vision for Focus and Resiliency