Thou shall not burn out..

NaBloPoMo 2021

A buzzword these days is burnout

In professional circles often heard about

You are expected to over perform every day

Connected twenty-four- seven you are expected to stay

Strategies to combat burnout are supposed to include

Mandatory coaching sessions that intrude

On your personal time, that should ideally be spent

With family, doing things that bring fulfillment

To encourage employees to eat healthy and exercise

Programs to encourage “healthy competition” are devised

Prizes may be announced for losing most weight

Adding competition beyond work-related metrics to your plate

Well-meaning coaches in seminars try to encourage you

To take up a new hobby, develop an interest new

While you sit there, yawning, wondering yet again

What sense it could make to go through the pain

Of hearing what you know, on a free weekend

If you were not here, time on a hobby you could spend


If only the root cause of burnout could be

Addressed by the corporate world effectively!

The more advice and seminars that employees receive

The less control over their lives they perceive

The constant connection with work creates

A milieu for burnout, adding more stress to their plates

There is value in work and value in play

To be able to unplug from work at the end of the day

Not worrying about answering e-mails or fielding calls

Can make a huge difference, though it appears a change small

Leisure is not a one-size-fits-all kind of thing

Expectations exist for work, there should be none for relaxing

Published by iheart11

A 30-something year old woman, physician by profession, fiercely passionate about work, family, travel and fashion..

One thought on “Thou shall not burn out..

  1. Oh, do I remember all this so very well! The ‘healthy competitions’ always got to me. I balked when I was in charge of a program at work that gave cash awards to ‘winners.’ “People are only doing it for the money,” I said. “No, no. You don’t understand,” they said. At the end of the program, I forwarded corporate every single darn nastygram I received from employee participants who did not earn the cash reward they ‘knew’ they were going to get. Corporate was shocked. Big surprise…


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