Employee burnout, disengagement, and malaise are long-standing challenges in many organizations and throughout the workforce. A recent study (Workplace Burnout at ‘Epidemic Proportions’, The Employee Burnout Crisis: Study Reveals Big Workplace Challenge in 2017) demonstrates how serious the problem actually is.
So here's the bottom line: HR and organizational leadership have to step up and be proactive about shifting workplace culture by:
- responding to employee concerns in a direct and transparent way,
- creating and incentivizing high-quality wellness programming, and
- changing norms about work hours and the workweek to maximize productivity and improve retention.
Culture shift is hard. And it takes a long time. But it will never happen if those at the top aren't committed to building a better, more positive, more sustainable workplace.