Workplaces have been pivoting all over themselves, as we know. We have become awesome at redirecting our strategy at lightening speed levels. It’s the post pivot aftermath we are now living in.
We are exhausted. The data is telling us. We all know it. In 2019 Harvard released a report urging industries about the rate of burnout. This was before COVID was even a thing. And now Deloitte tell us that 77% of people are currently experiencing burnout.
Many workplaces we work with have up to 35% of their employees on sick leave. That’s a staggering amount of reshuffling to do.
Even with all this data, many workplaces have not taken stock of the workload that is currently sitting on the average employee’s plate. Why is this? I think there are 2 main reasons:
1. We don’t create time to hop off the merry-go-round and re-prioritise. We can’t just keep piling initiatives on top without giving people permission to drop some of the things they are currently working on. Not anymore.
2. We are getting lost in the overwhelm. This is a real thing. It means our emotional and physical resources are low. We are not able to cope as well when we are in this burnout state.
What to do about it? More of the same is not the solution. Working harder is not the solution. Even hiring more resources (which in many cases is needed) will only mask the issue.
We need to take the pit stop. In car racing (which I am now a, self-confessed, expert in after watching the Netflix series – Formula 1: Drive to Survive) the pit stop can make or break the success of a driver’s race. If they don’t do it, their tyres will lose tread which loses speed. If they do it too many times, their competitors will take the lead. It’s a fine balance.
We need to take a pit stop. Don’t tell your people you don’t have time for this. You don’t have time not to.
We need to take a pit stop. To assess what is really important to keep, kill or tweak. Then to understand how our thinking is helping or hindering where we are at.
Otherwise, we will stay on this merry-go-round and this seemingly joyful ride will become something very unhealthy.
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