Burnout results in people feeling exhausted, cynical, detached and hopeless – even depressed and anxious. This book looks at burnout from an individual, group and organisational perspective. It uses anecdotes from the author’s life; and examples from literature, poetry and art to bring the subject to life. Based on the latest scientific thinking on burnout and evidence-based ideas, this practical, easy read book gives leaders the knowledge they need to create a psychologically healthy and high performance culture at work.

After reading this book, you will understand more about burnout than 90 per cent of the population. You will know what to do to prevent burnout in other people and in yourself. Anti-burnout is an academically rigorous book, written in a friendly, engaging, conversational style. It contains lots of anecdotes, examples from the arts and stories that illustrate and bring to life the practical advice on preventing burnout. Anti-burnout will answer these questions:

    • What exactly is burnout?
    • How does burnout affect individuals, teams and organisations?
    • What causes burnout?
    • How can I understand and support people with burnout?
    • How can I prevent myself from burning out?
    • What are the obstacles to preventing burnout?
    • How does remote working affect burnout?
    • What can I do to create a workplace culture that prevents burnout?

This book is helpful because it relates the scientific literature on burnout to real life. Anti-burnout looks at the individual factors in burnout, including personality and mental health. It also looks at how the dynamics of teams and how work is organised relate to burnout. Finally, the book investigates organisational culture, leadership and burnout. This book is essential reading for leaders and managers who want to minimise burnout in people in their organisation. It will also be essential reading for anyone with an interest in mental well-being at work such as occupational health practitioners, researchers and human resource professionals.

Introduction Section 1: Person 1. What Is Burnout? 2. Burnout and Mental Health 3. Burnout and Personality 4. Overcoming Obstacles to Tackling Burnout Section 2: Role 5. Burnout and How Work Is Organised 6. Preventing and Minimising the Risk of Burnout in Others 7. Burnout and Remote Working Section 3: Organisation 8. Organisational Culture and Burnout 9. Leadership and Burnout 10. Burnout-proofing Yourself, Your Staff and Your Organisation