Burnout. Stress. These seem like a given in the world and the world of work today. If you haven’t experienced them, you are lucky (or in denial). Most would agree with the title of this book that burnout is an epidemic. But most think about it as an individual phenomenon. This wonderful book will convince you otherwise.
Are there individual components to burnout and stress? Jennifer Moss, author of The Burnout Epidemic, would say yes. But beyond that, she would say that self-care alone won’t solve it. Rather, she wants us as readers to understand the systemic causes, and then begin to understand what we can do to overcome it as leaders and teammates.
From her research, Moss shares the six major causes of burnout:
- Perceived lack of control
- Lack of community
- Lack of fairness
- Values and skills mismatch
- Lack of recognition and rewards
Just by reading the bullets, you can see that there are things organizations and leaders can do to help us all overcome or avoid debilitating levels of burnout and stress.
Identifying these causes isn’t the sole value of this book though. It shows us how to work on them as individuals and leaders. There are valuable ideas for measuring burnout, and what we can do to lead differently to fix the rising levels of burnout in our organizations.
I recommend this book highly. It is well-researched, easy to read, and I can’t think of a more important topic for the start of 2022.
If you want a deeper dip into this book and its ideas as a way to “try before you buy” or to learn while you wait to get your copy, I recommend listening to the conversation Jennifer and I had on The Remarkable Leadership Podcast.