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Plan to Extinguish Organizational Burnout

Where there’s smoke, there’s fire – use a systems approach to evaluate, address, and minimize employee burnout.

  • Common approaches to remedying burnout focus primarily on individual coping methods and wellbeing initiatives (e.g. yoga, additional time off). While these approaches may temporarily help individuals cope with stress, they fail to address the systemic influences (e.g. workload), resulting in an infinite cycle of employees re-experiencing burnout.
  • Furthermore, the absence of clear methods to assess and evaluate burnout makes it difficult to select organizational tactics that specifically address the root causes of burnout.

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Critical Insight

  • Addressing burnout at the individual level is not enough. A healthy work environment is one where organizational policies, practices, and values create a system in which individuals and organizations can thrive.

Impact and Result

  • Combat the prevalence of burnout by using existing data and the employee voice to create a multi-level approach that addresses burnout across six organizational domains (workload, role clarity and autonomy, supervisor and coworker relationships, recognition and rewards, fairness and equity, and employee and organizational value alignment).
  • Create a future with minimal burnout by shifting the focus towards prevention and developing norms that promote the long-term health and wellbeing of employees.

Plan to Extinguish Organizational Burnout Research & Tools

2. Tailor solutions to address root causes of burnout

Identify and implement solutions that address the root causes of burnout.

3. Create a future with minimal burnout

Take a proactive approach to minimize the impact of burnout in the organization.

4. LMS Training – Identify and Extinguish Manager and Employee Burnout

Equip your managers to identify and extinguish burnout both for their employees and themselves, no matter what level they are at. Import this interactive eLearning module into your business’ existing learning management system.

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Guided Implementation 1: Identify root causes of burnout
  • Call 1: Discuss key roles and responsibilities in evaluating and addressing burnout and review burnout data sources.
  • Call 2: Identify opportunities to collect additional data to identify root causes of burnout and explore data by employee segments.
  • Call 3: Review insights gathered and identify priority areas, goals, and metrics to inform solution selection.

Guided Implementation 2: Tailor solutions to address root causes of burnout
  • Call 1: Identify potential solutions to address burnout priority areas.
  • Call 2: Review constraints and prioritize solutions to create a shortlist.
  • Call 3: Identify key stakeholders and accountabilities, and create a roadmap to support solution implementation.

Guided Implementation 3: Create a future with minimal burnout
  • Call 1: Discuss opportunities to re-evaluate organizational policies and programs to identify gaps and minimize the future risk of burnout.
  • Call 2: Explore opportunities to incorporate wellbeing across HR programs.
  • Call 3: Develop a plan to monitor and re-evaluate the state of burnout.


  • Jeremy Sutton, Writer/Psychologist, Freelancer
  • Gordon Parker, Scientia Professor of Psychiatry, University of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia
  • Dr. Joel Bennett, Chief Executive Officer, Organizational Wellness & Learning Systems
  • Emilio Goldenhersch, Chief Science Officer & Co-Founder, Mindcotine
  • Justin D. Henderson, Director, Lewis & Clark Community Counselling Center
  • Jennifer Moss, International Speaker, Journalist, Author, Self-employed
  • Susan Toth, Director, Human Resources, Cambridge Hospital
  • Michael Levitt, Chief Burnout Officer, Breakfast Leadership Network
  • Romy Antoine, Chief Executive Officer & Chief Wellness Officer, One Stop Wellness, Inc.
  • Dr. Gloria Gonzalez-Morales, Associate Professor of Psychology, Claremont Graduate University
  • Tim O’Neil, Senior Workforce Solutions Specialist, TrueNorth Companies, L.C.