Burnout culture is alive and well. How about you?
Redesigning worklife | #40
I am not just busy; I am being overwhelmed by an onslaught of requests like yours.
The pioneer of workplace burnout research is swamped with work. Christina Maslach, a psychology professor at the University of California, Berkeley, first studied burnout in the 1970s and has been searching for solutions since. She was busy before the pandemic, but now… her inbox has exploded.
I found myself apologising last week when a client called to chase me for invoices. ‘I'm a bit concerned you might need groceries... You can send me this month's and last month's if you like…’ Usually, I'm on it – I love invoicing clients, but right now, I'm overwhelmed and behind on admin. I have over 6,000 emails, as I said last week.
It's been a double shift since Xmas, and it took this tweet from the Journalists' Charity to remind me of that.
I’ve been reading lots of articles about pandemic burnout - it’s our anniversary, but burnout has been a silent issue for some time. Interesting to read this piece in The A…