How Burnout Sabotages Organizational Change
Burnout is more than just exhaustion. Burnout is a debilitating state in which enthusiasm wanes and accomplishments cease. Unfortunately, it also frequently accompanies organizational change.
- Burnout leads to chronic as well as severe health problems, including headaches, continuous colds, skin rashes, heart disease and gastrointestinal ailments.
- Employees who are burned out often attempt 'false cures' by overindulging in alcohol, smoking, drugs, food and the work itself.
- Feelings of paranoia, cynicism, suspicion and anger accompany burnout and lead to poor interpersonal relationships in the workplace.
Overcoming burnout during a change initiative frees up employee energy, creativity and commitment. No organizational change should ever be attempted without addressing the very real threat of employee burnout.