Walking the talk
At this time of year we should all have a spring in our steps, but look around the office and you see the opposite. Feet are dragging. Attitudes are souring. Ask someone how their day’s going and you’re likely to get an eye roll and some incoherent muttering about a certain colleague and the law of karma.
Winter has beaten us down, left its muddy footprint on our hearts. Officially it’s been spring for weeks, but everyone knows the first part of this season sucks. It fools you into wearing a T-shirt, then buffets you from all sides with icy winds. It’s always some annoying person’s birthday.
And then there’s the work itself. There’s too much of it. There’s a to-do list growing like a noxious weed. The words on the list are scrambled. You try to make sense of them – you can’t. You’ve lost your mind!
It’s called burnout, where exhaustion leads to feelings of ineffectiveness (and perhaps actual ineffectiveness) and it’s on the rise. Last week, our columnist Dr Lucy Hone told us how to recognise the signs. This week she gives advice for combating it. (Essentially: go home, turn off your phone, do something other than work, for chrissakes.)
Throughout the year Lucy has shared with us her knowledge as a researcher into resilience and wellbeing. She has a business advising organisations on how to cultivate these qualities for greater productivity, achievement and good times all around. And business is good – too good. Writing the column on top of meeting her many speaking and teaching demands has become unrealistic, and so Lucy is easing up her workload before she loses her passion for what she does. Which means today’s column on page 24 is her last.
So farewell Lucy. Thanks for all the great advice. I did get in touch to get a parting comment from you but your autoreply said you were taking a week’s holiday. Good to see you walking your talk.