Some claim millennials are lazy and entitled – unable to do basic tasks that older adults have just gotten on with for years. Anne Helen Petersen, senior culture writer for Buzzfeed News, rejects those labels. Milllennials like herself, she argues, are merely trying their best to navigate trends like skyrocketing student loans and an underpaying, perk-free gig economy. Millennials will likely not be the only ones who feel that her insights and observations are almost painfully on the nose.
People refer to various forms of malaise as “burnout,” but it’s technically a work problem. And only your employer can solve it.
«the keys to preventing burnout as “demand, control, and support”: Place fewer demands on people, give them more control over how to handle those demands, and provide support to handle them. All three are within your boss’s power.»
As a diagnosis, it’s too vague to be helpful—but its rise tells us a lot about the way we work.
«Burnout, like P.T.S.D., moved from military to civilian life, as if everyone were, suddenly, suffering from battle fatigue.»
Burnout is different from depression and anxiety, and fixing it isn't as simple as sleeping more or spending time on self-care.
The cure for burnout isn't endless leisure — it's finding meaningful work, beyond your career.
«When I try to stuff “leisure” into the space where all of that work went, I tend to discover new forms of malaise and dissatisfaction»