Burned Out Executives, Disengaged Workers World-Wide
“Why You Hate Work,” a New York Times story by Tony Schwartz and Christine Porath, says excessive demands are leading to burnout everywhere. The authors’ consulting firm, The Energy Project, partnered with the Harvard Business Review to survey 12,000 employees across a range of companies and industries. Results showed people are more productive, efficient, and make fewer errors when four basic needs are met: physical, through opportunities to recharge and renew at work; emotional by feeling valued and appreciated; mental, when they have opportunity to focus on important tasks and decide when and where they get work done; and spiritual, by doing what they do best and feeling connected to a higher purpose at work. Having even one of the four needs met improves performance. Companies that meet the most needs also tend to be the most successful. Read the story here.