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A dangerous, infectious disease, left unchecked, can run rampant throughout an organization. Symptoms like exhaustion, lack of enthusiasm, and inability to function can spread like wildfire from employee to employee. This epidemic isn’t the flu – it’s burnout.
When employees have no hope for benefits that go beyond their salary – like trust, respect, autonomy, civility, and the opportunity to make a positive impact on others – burnout will set in, warns Monique Valcour in this Harvard Business Review article. For those experiencing burnout, leaving their job may seem like the only cure.
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Valcour offers readers four questions to help people assess their level of burnout against three primary components and determine if they should call it quits. The questions also offer valuable insights for leaders into how to create a more fulfilling environment for their employees – and prevent burnout in the first place.