Last week we had the pleasure of hosting an event which talked about how organizations, managers, and employees themselves can deal with burnout. This was accomplished through our amazing panel that helped us uncover the mystery behind burnout and what we can do to help ourselves Beat the Burden of Burnout. The panel spoke about their experiences, insights, and solutions that ranged from meditation to self-care.
During the event we discussed the questions: How can we set up a change management initiative for success? Why do most of these initiatives fail? How can learning the skill of storytelling increase adoption and probability of success?
- Max Shkud, Head of People Development OD at Microsoft Silicon Valley
- Lindsey Caplan, Director of Talent Development at Credit Karma
- Christopher Vanzetta, Senior People and Culture Manager at reddit
- Justin Schiefner, Director of People and Culture at Moovweb.
- Christina Sanders, Executive Coach at Torch
At the beginning of the event, we asked the attendees what they thought the main cause of burnout was, the results, unsurprising.
Today there is a common misconception of the causes of burnout along with how it affects people. As shown by the audience’s input, stress is a common go-to when speaking about burnout. This paints only half the picture, however, as some people deteriorate after long periods of pressure and stress while others thrive. All the other reasons our audience highlighted are also causes of burnout, which is why organizations and people have such a hard time fighting it. Research shows that for the risk of burnout to subside, you need to get in the ‘Zone’. The graph below shows that your emotional state is more important than anything when trying to get there, and in turn avoid burnout.
We at Beaconforce believe that intrinsic motivation is the way in which we can all get into the ‘zone’, or as we like to call it, The Flow. Check out our resources page to see how we get everyone in our organizations to be in The Flow.
Lisa Paredes, Brand and Community Manager at Beaconforce | Lisa joined Beaconforce's early days to be a part of its mission to create work environments that allow people to be the best versions of themselves. Her passion for business and people led her to join Beaconforce's San Francisco team and help create a world where every single person wakes up in the morning and can't wait to go to work.