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Bite-Size Insights: What causes burnout?

Aug 18, 2020 | 00:00

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On today’s Bite-Size, you’ll hear from Adam Weber, Emplify’s Co-founder and Chief People Officer. He joins to discuss the cause of burnout and why we’ve seen an uptick during the pandemic.

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[00:00:00] Hey, insights, listeners Nicole here. And thanks so much for joining me for this week's bite-size insights, empowering people, leaders with best in class information in 10 minutes or less. Now today's bite-size is going to feel a little more like a micro size. We know burnout isn't going anywhere so sweet.

And to the point we asked Adam Weber, amplifies co founder, and chief people officer to join us, to discuss the causes of burnout and why we've seen an uptick during the pandemic.

One of the things I think that collectively, no matter what level you are inside of an org that everyone is dealing with right now is burnout. There's a demotivation of the global workforce that has happened. And I think that's why talking about things like meaning and purpose are. So when COVID very first hit, we made a bold decision.

Right, right away, we stopped all development and we spun up a COVID specific wellbeing assessment so that we could better [00:01:00] understand how the workforce was impacted. By coven, spun it up two weeks, send it to the market. We had 15 or companies sign up 20,000 employees survey just about how COVID is impacting their work environment.

And what we learn from the data is that the number one issue that people are dealing with today, it is burnout. And it's not burnout in the way you might think because it's burnout in a way that we've never experienced as a workforce. Actually most of the data, we have shows that the transition for people who went remote went quite well, but what's been difficult going from, I work in an office to, I work at home.

Like technically I can still get my job done. A lot of people are saying, gosh, I'm more productive. But the challenge is actually the life part of the work life balance. It's the trying to do work in the midst of family members, the stress and anxiety of a global pandemic, the mental impact of losing social relationships.

It's just led to an overall general [00:02:00] fatigue from that the initial data set, we found only 17% of the entire dataset felt like their day to day. Life wasn't significantly disrupted. So you've got this group of people who are in the midst of significant disruption, and yet every single day, they still need to show up and do work.

All the data points out. This thing that all of us intuitively feel that there is a collective exhaustion right now that we're all dealing with. And the signals lead to burnout and challenges with motivation. I, myself, I'm a two time founder. I am a work in high growth software and I am dealing with burnout and fatigue in ways for the first time that I've, I've had to process through.

What does that look like? And then what does that look like for the rest of my workforce and for our customer base? And so let me dive in just a little bit is causing that burnout. We measure the state of employee engagement. And what's interesting is right now across all of our data, [00:03:00] the two drivers that have been the most impacted by COVID our capacity and rest.

So capacity is this concept that a person has the emotional and psychological resources to do their role. And rest is this idea that I can take time off when I need it. That capacity when really touches in, on that concept, the exhaustion like the, I don't have it in me. Arrest is interesting because in the midst of a pandemic, what, what we've seen is that there's an overwhelming sense of guilt from the workforce to take time off.

How do I take time off when I have nowhere to go, what am I going to do? And work as the only healthy distraction in my life right now. So how are you addressing these issues of capacity and rest? Thank you for joining this. Week's bite-size insights. Hope that you learn something new, and if there's a topic you want to make sure that we address submit your feedback at That's [00:04:00]