It’s no secret that burnout is one of the most common workplace diseases (along with boredom) in modern organizations. In fact, this recent study found that 95% of human resource leaders admit employee burnout is sabotaging workforce retention. So beware of the rapid workforce turnover before you take on a job offer.

It can be easy to normalize working long hours or being under an extreme amount of stress, especially if we’ve been doing it for a long time or all our colleagues are in the same boat. Your work life balance suffers, and every day feels like an infinite 24-hour-long bender you can barely survive, until tomorrow comes.

Luckily, there are ways to save yourself from this misery, and Adam Grant is here to help our lost souls. The organizational psychologist and bestselling author has been sharing advice on keys to a better work life. “You spend a quarter of your life at work. You should enjoy it!” Grant says in his podcast.

Meanwhile, Grant’s Instagram is a real treasure box full of eye-opening tips, tricks and wisdom bites about taming your work and thriving in it, and his 1.5M follower count proves that this is the kind of content we all need.

More info: AdamGrant.net | Instagram | Twitter | Linkedin | Facebook

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8 months ago (edited) Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

That's all fine and dandy for some people yes, but even the healthiest organization will leave me drained because interacting with people is draining. It doesn't matter if I'm having fun or if I'm miserable, I will be drained.

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Beth S
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8 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I see people doing one and two rather frequently, it seems to be number 3 they have a big problem with.

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Adam Grant is an organizational psychologist and bestselling author who explores the science of motivation, generosity, original thinking, and rethinking. Grant has been Wharton’s top-rated professor for 7 straight years. As an organizational psychologist, he is a leading expert on how we can find motivation and meaning, rethink assumptions, and live more generous and creative lives.

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Kathryn Baylis
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8 months ago (edited) Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

What people, and bosses (much much different animal), don’t understand is that the center of someone’s universe can accommodate more than one thing. Their home and family, their health, their leisure time can all occupy the center, but will all be given their fair share of time. When at work, that’s the priority. When at home, that’s the priority. Work gets its fair share of attention, so should never think it has the right to demand more and take away from the others.

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For example, in a piece for The Atlantic titled “People Don’t Actually Know Themselves That Well,” Grant argued that we don’t actually know ourselves, and that other people may be even better at that. Grant wrote that according to sixteen rigorous studies of thousands of people at work, people’s coworkers are better than they are at recognizing how their personality will affect their job performance.

“As a social scientist, if I want to get a read on your personality, I could ask you to fill out a survey on how stable, dependable, friendly, outgoing, and curious you are. But I would be much better off asking your coworkers to rate you on those same traits: They’re often more than twice as accurate. They can see things that you can’t or won’t—and these studies reveal that whatever you know about yourself that your coworkers don’t is basically irrelevant to your job performance,” Grant explained in an illuminating article.

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8 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Makes me think of those comics where leader A is sitting on a load being pulled and leader B is at the front helping pull the load.

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Helena R
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8 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Peoples guilt of leaving a toxic workplace is often the guilt of coworker friends that they left behind. Just because you are in a position to leave doesn't mean that they are, and you know they'll be picking up anything you've left behind

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Beth S
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8 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I feel that you don't have to do this in the heat of a debate. There have been many times realization of a person's accuracy has dawned on me much after the conversation has ended. I always go back later and admit they were right - I also thank them.

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In another wonderful article, Grant argued that procrastination, contrary to our common belief, pays off because of the link between moderate procrastination and creativity. “Although it is widely assumed that procrastination is counterproductive, delaying task progress may have hidden benefits for creativity. Drawing on theories of incubation, we propose that moderate procrastination can foster creativity when employees have the intrinsic motivation and opportunity to generate new ideas,” the organizational psychologist wrote.

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Marianne Saiso
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8 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

My status symbol as a parent is that my child is happy.

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Debbie
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8 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Love how he uses "weak" language in the last alinea :)

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The organization psychologist argued that in two experiments in the United States, his team tempted participants to engage in varying degrees of procrastination by making different numbers of funny YouTube videos easily accessible while they were supposed to be solving business problems. The results were astounding. “Participants generated more creative ideas in the moderate rather than low or high procrastination conditions.”

In fact, “employees who procrastinated moderately received higher creativity ratings from their supervisors than employees who procrastinated more or less, provided that intrinsic motivation or creative requirement was high,” Grant concluded.

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8 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

You also can't force your kids to love reading. Some people just don't like it and that's okay.

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Grant has also been helping people to destress their work life by explaining burnout culture and giving tips and tools to overcome it. In a 2020 TED talk “Burnout is everyone's problem,” the psychologist announced that a year prior, the World Health Organization declared burnout an occupational syndrome. “According to some estimates, in the US alone, burned out employees cost over 100 billion dollars a year in healthcare spending. More than a third of employees report feeling burned out some of the time. Nearly a quarter feel that way very often or always,” he added.

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Beth S
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8 months ago (edited) Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

This works well for healthy people, not so much for those of us with chronic illness or chronic pain. For a lot of us it is forever - we just have moments where we hide it better than other times. That being said, just lending us an ear and not invalidating our challenges goes a very, very long way. The friends and people that do this for us are invaluable.

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Sue Lynn Chan
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8 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I’m always either of those and it’s really my take a toll on me

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Dilly Millandry
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8 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Also setting arbitrary deadlines and then refusing to move them when it becomes clear they are not realistic. An extra two weeks might make the difference between done and done well.

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According to Grant, the core of burnout is emotional exhaustion, feeling so depleted and drained that you just don't have anything left to give your job. “Evidence shows that when we're emotionally exhausted, our health suffers. Burnout has been linked to depression, memory loss, sleep problems, alcohol abuse, weakened immune systems and even cardiovascular disease. Our job performance suffers, too. When we're burned out, we get less done and make more mistakes,” he explained in a talk and added that eventually, we start to think about quitting.

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Amy S
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8 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Most companies would lay you off in a heartbeat if they thought ot would boost profits. Don't give them more loyalty than they'd give you.

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Yvonne Dauwalder Balsiger
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8 months ago (edited) Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Finally someone who doesn't get empathy and compassion mixed up. For example, manipulative, psychopathic people have a lot of empathy, they understand very well how other people tick, but don't care (much) about the well-being of others. People on the autism spectrum have a hard time understanding how other people tick, but they can be very compassionate and supportive once they realize that other people are having a hard time.

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Glasia van Duivels
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8 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

A tip for all online gamers: if a game forces you to skip sleep or community hates those who rather focus on health then leave that community/game.

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The organizational psychologist suggests that our antidote to burnout is not necessarily less work. “It could be more meaning.” He explained: “In a study of hundreds of professionals keeping daily diaries across multiple industries, the single strongest predictor of engagement at work was a sense of daily progress. What that means in practice is you don't need huge accomplishments to feel good about your work.”

On the contrary, what matters most for building efficacy is small wins. “Often those small wins come from having a positive impact on others. I found in my research that when people feel ineffective, helping others buffers against burnout. It makes them feel competent, which leaves them energized rather than exhausted.”

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8 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Or sometimes it's just a fun question to ask a kid to see what they are interested in. Not everything has a deeper meaning. Not everything is perpetuating some unhealthy method of thinking.

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shodokai
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8 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Call out poor leadership and be an example that people naturally follow. Change occurs from within.

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Bexx 🇺🇦🇺🇦🇺🇦
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8 months ago (edited) Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

PLEASE. This needs to be normalized. I probably lose 5-6 hours a week to meetings that I really don’t need to be a part of/go on longer than planned because some employee starts going off about things they should really meet with the boss one-on-one about. Then it becomes an audience of 20 listening to 2 people talk about a minor department-specific issue that we can’t contribute to for 15 minutes. Optimize, people!

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Patrick Wilson
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8 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

And sometimes, it's just laziness. If I don't rake the lawn today, maybe I'll forget about it tomorrow.

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Beth S
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8 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

There are some "parents" that absolutely do that though.

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Piper L
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8 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I again reiterate that this is not a solution to those of us whose job cannot be done from home. Where is our solution, especially as it seems those who do work from home still expect us to be in our workplaces full time!

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Paloma
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8 months ago (edited) Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Try telling my old work place that, the bloodsucker got a promotion and a large bonus. Never mind that Natalie was Satan with bad eyeliner.

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Eric Law
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8 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Nice idea if you can afford it. For some people at some times, the right next move is the one that will make it easier to put food on their table or a roof over their head.

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Eric Law
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8 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

It's sad how much evil happens as a result of fear being confused with respect.

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