Exhaustion is a defining quality of burnout. Despite lots of evidence of its damaging impact, exhaustion has eluded effective action. Many talk about it but few do anything about it.
From one perspective the problem is simple. There are a limited number of approaches:
1) Raise the overall level of energy. Increasing resiliency through a more sustainable lifestyle of rest, nutrition, exercise, and relationships. This approach would allow people to maintain a given level of exertion energetically.
2) Lower the level of demands. With fewer drains upon energy, people would avoid exhaustion.
3) Work smarter. Increasing resources, such as knowledge, tools, or team members, to address current demands would slow the drain of energy.
So what is so difficult?
There are many dimensions to that question. One is the culture of doing more with less. Not only have employers embraced this paradigm, but individuals have applied it as well to their personal lives. We aspire to so much!
The following posts will explore some of the consequences of approach to life and work.