Burnout expert Kelly Swingler urges employees to trust their own instincts and leave toxic workplaces.
The renowned executive coach and author told delegates that there is no single cause of burnout but warned that bullying, bitchiness and other hostile behaviour can create toxic work environments that can lead to stress and breakdowns.
In 2013, after a 15-year leadership career, she was ill, anxious and missing out on family life.
She had several hospital admissions over a seven-month period – and then quit her corporate career.
Now a consultant and speaker, she advised delegates to focus on themselves and their gut feelings in their “core”.
“Every one of us should recognise that we should create happier, healthier workplaces, which stops burnout,” she told delegates.
“If I step into a toxic workplace tomorrow, I won’t stay. The core part of me will get me out of there on day one when my gut says run.
“I will listen to the inner part of me that says ‘don’t do that any more’.
“If we all live and lead from our core, there is no toxic workplace to push people to burnout.
“We change the world of work when we prevent burnout and we eliminate toxic workplaces.
“When you get to burnout you think it is you – it is not, it is the workplace.”
She urged the audience to research more, by finding podcasts and articles on the issue – as well as her book, called Mind The Gap: A Story of Burnout, Breakthrough and Beyond.
Concerned colleagues can also point fellow staff members to these resources as they may not recognise the warning signs of burnout, she added.
Her session on the Future Stage was organised by the Association of Women Travel Executives.
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