#WF46 How should Employers Respond to Mental Illness, Economic Injury, and, Burnout?
Thanks for this post. I predicted a form of PTSD about 6 months into COVID19. At the time I was working as a Team Leader for the national COVID Close Contact group in New Zealand. It was already becoming obvious that the whole country was getting stressed out. Then as an Area Manager for Census 2023, there was not only a lot of distrust of government, but also some pretty aggressive responses to our field teams. Increases in crime, distrust of government, over the top responses to situations, more people not wanting to return to working in an office, dramatically less people wanting to use public transport, to name a few. This is not something you just bounce back from. It is almost like coming out after a war in an occupied country. I feel this situation is not given enough attention and we do so at our own peril.
Thanks for sharing this Andy. The issue is very real. I've been writing about my own burnout experiences stemming from the pandemic for a while now and my path to recovery. Many people around me are also facing serious burnout that is leaving them unable to work for weeks/months or longer. The tricky part is that while companies can help combat burnout, those that are already burned out want nothing to do with their employers -- a good amount of rest and distance from their jobs is critical to the first stage of recovery. The idea you mentioned of reintegrating people in the workforce is a very important one, as it might require employees to be a lot more flexible and patient in terms of their expectations. There is a gap between the typical growth targets and expectations of a company and the reality of the current workforce that is jaded at best and burned out/ unable to work at worst.