Work burnout is not a new idea, but conversations around burnout have increased in recent years, and for good reason. It seems that the pandemic has created a perfect storm for exhaustion - some estimates suggest that around half of all workers have experienced some form of burnout since the beginning of the pandemic, with women (particularly women of color) being especially vulnerable to experiencing symptoms. This challenge may be especially difficult when considering other responsibilities employees may have, such as parenting. This interactive data tool explores the concentration of different burnout symptoms according to parent gender, ethnicity, and age of their child. With statistics on burnout at such a dramatic high, a conversation about mental health at the workplace is clearly overdue.
For many, high expectancy for productivity in the midst of pandemic anxiety has created an environment where a healthy balance of work and play becomes too difficult to maintain. Even the rapid influx of work-related emails has become an aspect of work that leaks into personal time, creating a lack of boundaries and increased mental activity even after clocking out. This article explains why this may be the case, and how you can establish work-life boundaries and give yourself a break. This uplifting conversation with Amit Sood, resiliency expert, discusses how to promote wellbeing in the workplace by creating community connection and expanding our potential to see the good. In addition, it’s not just up to staff to solve issues of behavioral health in the workplace. Per this interview, there’s lots that employers can do to foster a company culture that supports mental wellness. For organizations looking to create a better future for employees, Soundtrack of Mental Health offers targeted workplace mental health workshops to help build a culture of empowered resiliency.
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