Burnout: The Disease of Our Civilization

Burnout: The Disease of Our Civilization
Arianna Huffington                 August 22, 2013

“…more and more businesses are realizing that the long-term health of their bottom line is directly tied to the long-term health of their employees.”

“Companies that make sincere efforts to recognize employees’ lives outside of the office,” said Glassdoor’s Rusty Rueff, “will often see the payoff when it comes to recruiting and retaining top talent.”

As Tony Schwartz, CEO of The Energy Project writes, it’s no surprise that the same principles that apply to athletic performance also hold true for business performance. In physical training, he writes, “it’s during rest and renewal that muscle growth actually occurs.” Likewise, it’s in periods of sleep and downtime that our minds recharge. The key is to have “the biggest waves between activity and rest.” To challenge our minds intensely, but also have very deliberate and complete downtime. “The same rhythmic movement serves us well all day long, but instead we live mostly linear, sedentary lives,” he writes. “We go from email to email, and meeting to meeting, almost never getting much movement, and rarely taking time to recover mentally and emotionally.”
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