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๐Ÿšจ The Silent Suffering in the Workplace ๐Ÿšจ

๐Ÿ“ˆ According to, only 20% of employees are invested, 61% are not invested, and a shocking 19% are actively detrimental to their employer. These statistics highlight the need for change in our workplaces. ๐Ÿ’ผ "Work is like a play. No one is authentic. When I was working harder and harder, I was on a motorway and lost control. Then I wondered where I had missed my exit." "I was hoping to get hit by a car, just in the hope of being put in a hospital and others taking care of me for a few months," and "I was the main breadwinner, so I kept working to save for our future family. So much that my partner left me." These are just some examples of the silent suffering that goes on in the workplace. ๐Ÿ˜” According to, one employee out of two has symptoms of burnout, and amongst millennials, it's even three out of five. This is a serious issue that needs to be addressed. ๐Ÿ’ฌ In meetings, there's often a social contract that someone will speak nonsense, and others around the table will fake acknowledgement while checking their email. According to Atlassian, 50% of meetings are considered a waste of time. We need to rethink the way we work and communicate with each other. ๐Ÿ’ช The human body can't run a marathon at the speed of a sprint. We need to find a balance in our work and not push ourselves to the breaking point. We also need to recognize that what works for start-ups for short-term may not work for every organization. ๐Ÿค It's important to bring back a sense of autonomy and liberty of action to organizations. Managers need to articulate to employees what they're here for, but they also need to be qualified and motivated for this. Bad management costs the world economy billions of dollars every year. ๐ŸŽฏ Doing a reorg once in a while is useless if there's no fundamental change. Managers should frame work as a learning challenge, acknowledge their own fallibility, and model curiosity. #psychologicalsafety ๐Ÿ’ฌ It's important to raise psychological safety in the workplace by having proper vulnerable conversations on needs and motivation. We also need to look at social and psychological ergonomics and ask our people what they need to be at their best. ๐Ÿ™ Sharing our stories and needs is an important part of the journey. We need to allow ourselves to be human again. ๐ŸŽฅ I want to give a special thanks to Eloรฏse Lanaud for recommending the documentary by ARTE, which sheds light on the silent suffering in the workplace. Let's keep the conversation going and work towards a healthier and more productive workplace. Well done David Graeber Jim Harter Christina Maslach and Andre Spicer #WorkplaceCulture #EmployeeWellBeing #BreakTheSilence #BurnoutAwareness #Management #PsychologicalSafety #HumanizeWork

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