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Reduce Burnout by Increasing Flexibility

Burnout is reaching massive proportions, and few leaders are prepared to adequately prevent it or respond to its impacts. According to a recent study, 89 percent of employees reported experiencing burnout this year, and the traditional solutiontaking time offoffered little to no relief.

Published Mon Sep 20 2021

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Two pandemics are occurring right now. One is the obvious global health crisis, but the second is flying under the radar. Burnout is reaching massive proportions, and few leaders are prepared to adequately prevent it or respond to its impacts. According to a recent study, 89 percent of employees reported experiencing burnout this year, and the traditional solution—taking time off—offered little to no relief. For leaders seeking the answer to burnout, it’s critical to consider its root causes. Extended, heightened levels of stress are the primary catalyst for burnout, and removing the sources of this stress is the only meaningful solution. One avenue for accomplishing this is increasing flexibility. According to a recent study, flexible work hours and mental health support were more popular perks than truncated workweeks or unlimited PTO. Simply put—most professionals like what they do and enjoy challenges; they just want to apply their skills and expertise to their tasks on their own terms.

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