Executive Burnout

At any time close to half – about 41% in recent studies – of your staff suffers from moderate to severe burnout stress. In crisis situations up to 90% can succumb to burnout making your enterprise non-functional. Ref. Manning & Gerada. Pulse Today 2012 Cause Burnout is described usually as caused by: Exhaustion Lack of sleep Too few work breaks Confusion Lack of focus This results in demotivation, errors of judgement, anti-social behaviour, sloppy work, creating tension in the work place, politics, anger, frustration, just to name a few effects on your work force. To get a better understanding start by looking at the list above in the reverse order: there is no doubt in my mind that the process – yes, burnout is a process, generally insidious in onset and well camouflaged – starts with lack of focus. Lack of focus occurs when Expected outcome for activity is unclear There are too many different demands Conflicting instructions are given Poor leadership or a stressed leader This leads to confusion, which evokes people to work harder rather than smarter. Lack of focus is the most costly of failures – at all levels. Burnout is usually diagnosed by the poor performance of an individual, the section or site of your enterprise.                                                                                                                 Identification Most questionnaire type checks will reveal that, yes, about half of your workforce have symptoms and signs of burnout. The individuals in a group showing most signs vary from time to time. Some exhibit more stress than others. This pattern can and does change over time. And individuals are not helping themselves and the organisation by hiding...