3 Things Leaders Are Doing Right Now to Prevent Burnout

In 2019, the World Health Organisation classified burnout as an occupational phenomenon resulting from chronic workplace stress. Now the World Health Organisation defines burnout as a syndrome resulting from chronic workplace stress that has not been successfully managed. 

It is characterized by three dimensions: feelings of energy depletion or exhaustion, increased mental distance from one’s job or feelings of negativism or cynicism relating to one’s job, and reduced professional efficiency. 

Burnout is becoming more prevalent in the workplace, and a study conducted between 2019 and 2022 found that only 37% of Australian business owners feel well-rested when they wake up most of the time. Additionally, 68.5% of Australian workers feel like they are burning out at work, highlighting the significance of the issue. 

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If you’re feeling stressed or starting to experience burnout at work, you’re not alone. Let’s explore the top three strategies that leaders are currently using to manage stress, build resilience, and prevent burnout.

1. The 5:00 to 9:00 Trend

A popular trend on TikTok involves people sharing ideas and examples of how they spend their time from 5:00 to 9:00, either in the morning or evening. The focus is on dedicating time to routines and habits that enhance well-being and reduce stress. This may include activities like diet and exercise practices, relaxation, or meditation.

2. Prioritisation Techniques

C-Suite executives and senior managers are increasingly focusing on the effectiveness rather than efficiency. Instead of completing as many tasks as possible, they prioritise the three most impactful tasks each day. This approach ensures that they focus on tasks that create significant results and avoid getting overwhelmed by an extensive to-do list. 

3. Gratitude and Personal Values

A growing movement among workers, particularly the new generation, is the emphasis on personal values in the workplace. People are seeking alignment between their values and their work, valuing well-being and flexibility over job titles or income. Practising gratitude for workplace-related aspects can significantly reduce cortisol levels and contribute to overall well-being.
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If you want to prevent burnout in your work environment, consider adopting these simple strategies. Additionally, if you’re interested in more tips and tools to improve your resilience and productivity, you can take our Resilient Leader Scorecard.

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About the Author

Barbara Clifford - The Time Tamer
Barbara Clifford (The Time Tamer) is a co-founder of The Hinwood Institute. She is the lead trainer and coach in Time Management. She is a recognized leader in Stress Management. An experienced coach, speaker, columnist and facilitator, Barbara’s work with The Hinwood Institute assists people to unclutter mess, make order from chaos, and swap the shackles of overwhelming for freedom. Barbara’s clients move from the relentless hamster wheel to waking inspired, motivated, making decisions with purpose and achieving peak performance. She lives in the desert of Alice Springs, Australia working with people around the country.

Her professional experience has included contracts with small business, Not For Profits, Aboriginal Organisations, Media, Marketing, Aged Care, Universities, Health Services and Cruise Ships