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Burnout: E.M.P.O.W.E.R. Acronym

If we are pushed by our bosses or peers to give our time or energy beyond what’s acceptable, we need to make a decision based on the E.M.P.O.W.E.R. acronym, which distills the problem and makes us look at all angles and directions.


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Burnout: The Definition

Burnout: The Definition

Burnout is a consequence of chronic workplace stress due to exhaustion, energy depletion, increased cynicism about the profile and professional unproductivity. It is not an individual problem, but an organizational concern.

An employee feels burnt out when there is constan...


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Burnout: A Serious Problem

  • In 2019, WHO(the World Health Organization) recognized burnout as a bona fide occupational hazard.
  • In 2020, seven out of ten workers experienced burnout symptoms.

If we choose our work demands over spending time with loved ones, self-care and meaningful breaks, we are...


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Burnout: E.M.P.O.W.E.R. Defined

  1. Evaluate: Objectively assess the facts of the request.
  2. My Story: Remove false assumptions based on our own fears and anxieties.
  3. Priorities: Consider how the task aligns with our responsibilities, the company’...


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Heuristics: Mental Shortcuts

In our daily lives, we do not have the time, knowledge or skills to make the perfect decision/choice every time, and it may be too exhausting and time-consuming to make really big decisions in a perfect way all the time. This makes us use mental shortcuts, or heuristics ...

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  1. Focus on the outcome. Decide what your goal is. Be able to describe it, in detail. 
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