"Burnout is not just when you need a vacation to recharge. It's when you feel overwhelming exhaustion, frustration, cynicism and a sense of ineffectiveness and failure. Initially it referred to those employed in the human services -- health care, social work, therapy and police work -- but has since expanded to all sorts of workers, said Christina Maslach, professor emerita of psychology at the University of California, Berkeley."
"The earnings of U.S. workers in their 60s and 70s are rising faster than earnings for people in their prime working years, according to a new study. Defying the stereotype that they're marking time, today's older workers are also just as productive as people in their prime working years."
Ellen Kossek, Basil S. Turner Professor of Management and Research Director of the Susan Bulkeley Butler Center for Leadership, Purdue University, shares her recent research using a highly innovative intervention to reduce the conflict between work and family. Ellen and her research team measured effects on health (such as blood pressure, sleep, and mental health), on families (such as the stress levels of spouses and kids) and on business (such as productivity and ROI).
Addressing tensions between work and the rest of life will not only lead to a more sustainable and meaningful lifestyle for the privileged, but may prompt us to participate in causes that improve environmental, social, and economic conditions locally and worldwide.
"Ultimately we all have to realize that work without flexibility, without boundaries, will doom our own health, our employees' health, our companies' health, and invariably the health of the nation.
How do we get there?
It's all about fostering workforce sustainability similar to the environmental sustainability movement. But instead of figuring out how humans can better interact with nature employers are figuring out how humans can better interact with and thrive at work."