Stress versus Burnout

Stress versus Burnout

  There is a great deal of misunderstanding when it comes to what it means to be “stressed out” and what it means to be “burned out”.  Both terms have been plagued by definitional ambiguity throughout history.  Let me explain some of the differences as well as...
Regular Workplace Mental Health Workshops versus EAPs

Regular Workplace Mental Health Workshops versus EAPs

  Never before in my career spanning 3+ decades have I heard so much talk about the need for stress and burnout management in the workplace.  Talk about employees suffering from depression and anxiety.  Talk about rising substance abuse.  And never before have...
Bullying in the Workplace…it’s a REAL THING!

Bullying in the Workplace…it’s a REAL THING!

  Last week I was presenting a session at a conference in Cape Town about psychosocial hazards in the workplace that place employees at risk of psychological harm.  One of the hazards that I used as an example in my presentation was bullying.  While some...
Mental Health in the Workplace – Prevention is better than Cure

Mental Health in the Workplace – Prevention is better than Cure

  I know it’s a cliché, but prevention really is better than cure.  This is why many people go for annual medical screenings, such as for breast cancer, and also take prophylactic medication such as Malanil for malaria prevention.   I don’t have to tell you how...
The Benefits of Live Conferences and Workshops

The Benefits of Live Conferences and Workshops

  From 2 to 4 October 2022, I attended the AMCOA2022 conference at Sun City, and it reinforced my opinion that while we have been lucky to have virtual platforms in the past 3 years, there is nothing like the real thing!  This conference was attended by Medical...
Mental Health First Aid in the Workplace

Mental Health First Aid in the Workplace

    Current statistics indicate that 1 in 4 adults suffer from some sort of mental health issue, most commonly in the form of depression, anxiety and excessive substance use.  It is reasonable to assume, therefore, that many of these sufferers are found in...
Mental Health Benefits of De-Cluttering

Mental Health Benefits of De-Cluttering

  Two weeks ago, I was feeling quite overwhelmed with anxiety as I realized that my work schedule for the weeks ahead was significantly quieter than usual.  Being self-employed, some of my anxiety was about the financial implications of this pending “quiet time”,...
What is the best first line of defense to reduce the risk of Burnout?

What is the best first line of defense to reduce the risk of Burnout?

  Not only are there many misunderstandings about what Burnout REALLY is, but also about what the most appropriate intervention is to reduce the risk in an organisation.  In order to address the issue of intervention, it is first important to clarify what Burnout...