The resilient brain

A New Workplace Study Says Happy and Burnout-Proof Employees Boils Down to 3 Things

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“Too often, the first time a manager hears that an employee is burned out is in the exit interview,” Weber shared. “So many organizations lose high performers to burnout because they’d rather leave than risk looking weak.” Image credit: Getty Images

There are now over 200 classifications of mental illness, the most recent being one that plagues the workplace: Burnout.

Burnout does not discriminate based on age. It infects entry-level employees and C-suite executives alike. Symptoms include lack of productivity, cynicism, energy depletion, and unexplained headaches or stomach problems. No industry is immune.

According to research included in Emplify’s 2020 Employee Engagement Trends report, a startling 62 percent of respondents suffer from burnout at work. Of those employees, one in three suffers from burnout every week. About 20 percent experience burnout daily.

In 2019, the World Health Organization made headlines when it classified burnout as a legitimate medical diagnosis. The WHO defines burnout as “a syndrome conceptualized as resulting from chronic workplace stress that has not been successfully managed.” But if you’ve never endured professional burnout, it can be difficult to empathize because it manifests a little differently in everyone.

Emplify’s chief people officer Adam Weber recently recalled a conversation with someone who’d experienced burnout’s debilitating effects….


The resilient brain

Resilience, or the capacity to recover quickly from difficult situations is not a trait that is unique only to some. In fact, resilience—defined by Professor of Developmental Psychopathology Michael Rutter as “lower vulnerability to experiences of environmental risk, and the ability to overcome adversity and stress or to achieve a relatively good outcome despite risk experiences”—includes thoughts and behaviors that can be learned and developed. Put simply, at the physical level of the brain, resilience is a process associated with neuroplasticity—the brain’s ability to reorganize itself by forming new neural connections—and a response to stress. This means that resilience is a trait that can be fostered through certain behaviors…


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