So you're a leader of an organisation, you have huge responsibilities and you are working to solve some pressing social problems. With this tremendous, persistent workload, you could be at risk of a burnout. Now an official medical condition according to the World Health Organisation, burnout is the emotional and physical exhaustion resulting from a combination of exposure to environmental and internal stressors and inadequate coping and adaptive skills (The Medical Dictionary).
So how could you prevent a burnout? This interesting article published on the Harvard Business Review discusses 6 common causes of burnout and ways we can avoid them. The article is based on the Areas of Worklife model, drawn from research by Christina Maslach and Michael P. Leiter of the University of California at Berkeley and Acadia University, respectively.
High workload, perceived lack of control, mismatch of reward and effort, lack of a supportive community, perceievd unfairness, and values mismatch. Have you experienced any of these factors at work? How did you avoid them and cope at your workspace?
Find out more on how these could be avoided here. Share your exprience with us in the comments section!