Burnout Is About Your Workplace, Not Your People

2 Psychological Tricks That Will Help You Stop Feeling Sorry for Yourself

Whether an economic downturn has taken a toll on your bank account, or you’re dealing with a chronic health issue that interferes with your everyday life, hardship is inevitable. But the way you deal life’s inevitable challenges is up to you.

You can either make the best of a tough a situation or you can dig in your heels and indulge in some serious self-pity. Choosing to feel sorry for yourself, however, has some serious consequences.

It will drain you of the mental strength you need to be your best. And it could keep you stuck in an unhealthy cycle of misery…


Burnout Is About Your Workplace, Not Your People

According to the foremost expert on burnout, Christina Maslach, social psychologist and professor emerita of psychology at the University of California, Berkeley, we are attacking the problem from the wrong angle. Martin Barraud/Getty Images

We tend to think of burnout as an individual problem, solvable by “learning to say no,” more yoga, better breathing techniques, practicing resilience — the self-help list goes on. But evidence is mounting that applying personal, band-aid solutions to an epic and rapidly evolving workplace phenomenon may be harming, not helping, the battle. With “burnout” now officially recognized by the World Health Organization (WHO), the responsibility for managing it has shifted away from the individual and towards the organization. Leaders take note: It’s now on you to build a burnout strategy…

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