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Avoid Employee Burnout: Promote a culture of wellness

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Managers have a key role to support team members so they don’t burn out, especially as we have all experienced a year of extensive disruption in the workplace and at home. The events and changes of this past year have led to many feeling physically and mentally drained--exhausted, frustrated, overwhelmed, unmotivated, and disengaged. 

As a manager, the way you help your team members navigate their workload, control and autonomy over tasks and projects, develop an inclusive work environment where they feel valued, and foster recognition and encouragement for efforts big and small may be the antidote to combat the feeling of burnout in the workplace. 

This month’s Manager Forum includes Stanford guest leader, Jeffrey Pfeffer from the Graduate School of Business, who will lead a discussion on employee burnout and how to promote a culture of good health and wellness.

Learn more about the upcoming Manager Forum, Avoid Employee Burnout: Promote a culture of wellness

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The university has made resources and policies available to support you and your team during this time; knowing what they are and how they can be applied can help you or a team member navigate a trying situation and avoid burnout. Below are just a few of these resources and policies available. For specific questions on using or applying resources and policies, contact your local Human Resource Manager. 

  • Faculty Staff Help Center offers free, confidential, short-term professional counseling for individuals, couples and families. 

  • The BeWell program encourages you to take charge of your well-being by offering incentives, Healthy Living classes and group support. 

  • The WorkLife Office delivers programs and services for every stage of life to help employees manage the competing demands of work, school, family and personal responsibilities.

  • The COVID Flex policy offers paid time off to address COVID-related needs in support and recognition of the impacts brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic.

  • COVID-19 related benefits are available for eligible employees under certain circumstances.


About the guest leader:

Jeffrey Pfeffer, The Thomas D. Dee II Professor of Organizational Behavior, has taught at the university since 1979. He is the co-author of 15 books, and published extensively in the fields of organization theory and human resource management. His current research focuses on the effects of work environments on human health and well-being, power and leadership in organizations, evidence-based management, the knowing-doing gap, and how thinking of time like money affects people’s choices about spending time in ways that promote unhappiness.

Manager Forums occur regularly via Zoom with new topics and resources to support you as you lead your teams. You can watch previous Manager Forum discussions and view resources by visiting the Manager Toolkit.

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