How to avoid burn-outs and loneliness among remote workers

Remote workers and flexi-jobs are no longer the exceptions to the rule. In the past few years, more and more companies offer their employees more flexibility in the shape of working from home. In fact, Jennifer Moss – the bestselling and award-winning author of Unlocking Happiness at Work – reveals that a recent study in…

Am I heading for a Burn-Out? Part 5

More and more, today’s state of mind is one of working until you drop. Feeling tired or plain unhealthy, is taboo. You’ve got to finish your work first, right? As soon as our career becomes our first priority, we start to neglect our health. No wonder that we’re fueling a burn-out driven society. Instead of easing off…

Am I heading for a Burn-Out? Part 4

More and more, today’s state of mind is one of working until you drop. Feeling tired or plain unhealthy, is taboo. You’ve got to finish your work first, right? As soon as our career becomes our first priority, we start to neglect our health. No wonder that we’re fueling a burn-out driven society. Instead of easing off…

Am I heading for a Burn-Out? Part 1

More and more, today’s state of mind is one of working until you drop. Feeling tired or plain unhealthy, is taboo. You’ve got to finish your work first, right? As soon as our career becomes our first priority, we start to neglect our health. No wonder that we’re fueling a burn-out driven society. Instead of easing…

Stop Multitasking. Now.

A few weeks ago, I was invited by Feeling to a ladies’ event organized at the Mercedes Lounge during the Zoute Grand Prix. One of the keynote speakers at the event was Professor Elke Geraerts, specialized in Neuropsychology and i.a. postdoctoral fellow at Harvard and lecturer at St Andrews. Elke is also author of the fascinating book The New…

12 stages of burn-out

In an earlier post on burn-out (“The Route to Burn-out“) Serge Haubourdin refers to the 12 phases outlined by psychologists Herbert Freudenberger and Gail North in 1992. The 12 phases are more relevant than ever and are still a good indicator. Are you in doubt and do you think you might be burnt out, have a…

Case Study: High performing teams at ABN AMRO

The challenge In 2014, bank ABN AMRO went through a major restructuring phase, had a high burn-out rate among its employees and challenges with employee engagement scores. They also suffered from a negative perception by many of their customers. They created an internal Energy Program to tackle these issues and were looking for a trusted partner…

New burst of burn-out cases

The rate at which burn-out is wreaking havoc to our workforce is skyrocketing. Close to three million German workers are suffering from burn-out, which is 8% of the entire working population. In Belgium, 21% of workers say their health is at stake due to work-related stress, as reported by the European Agency for Safety and…

Moody Monday: manage your energy

The demands of the workplace keep rising; people tend to respond by working longer hours which lead to huge amounts of stress and in extreme situations to burn-outs. People take for granted what fuels their work: energy. Increasing their capacity of energy is the best way to meet these increasing demands. The definition of energy…

Meditation doesn’t only reduce stress, it also literally changes your brain

Scientists gradually begin to understand the wholesomeness of meditation: more compassion, better quality of life and reduced levels of stress, depression, anxiety, pain or insomnia. The American neuroscientist Sara Lazar spent the past years doing elaborate research on the effect. The most striking finding was that the brain actually changes after 8 weeks of meditating,…

Burn-Out: causes

On Friday 4 September, Hercules Academy organized an information session on burn-out, in collaboration with KBC and UNIZO, the Belgian entrepreneurs organisation. The topic ranged from the causes of burn-out to the different phases and treatment of the syndrome. It was quite amazing to notice the reactions from the audience. Every single person in the…

Eat Sleep Work Repeat

Last week, the Managing Director of Herculean Belgium, Glen de Boeck and myself were invited as guest speakers at a Seminar organized by Belgium’s leading HR Magazine. The audience consisted of the HR managers of various leading Belgian companies. The various topics were related and complementary at the same time. A perfect work – life balance, job crafting and of course our Hercules…