Our team members are grappling with challenges far more significant than we might realize. Many of them teeter on the brink of burnout or have already succumbed to its effects. Moreover, we are witnessing a concerning trend: Millennials and Gen Z’s are departing from their jobs at an alarming rate, primarily due to mental health reasons.
In a study published in February 2023 and shared by Forbes columnist Adrian Gostick, an astonishing 40 percent of individuals reported experiencing burnout stemming from their work, leaving them both mentally and physically drained.
A separate study conducted by Harvard Business Review unveiled a disconcerting reality: over half of millennials and a staggering 75 percent of Gen Z workers have left their jobs due to mental health-related issues.
As leaders, it’s imperative that we acknowledge the existence of this emerging epidemic. The question remains: what steps are we taking to address it and ensure that our team members receive the support they need?
In the most recent episode of the Inside Out Leadership podcast, I recount an encounter with an old friend who was grappling with distressing news. This encounter prompted me to reflect on my immediate response and what I gained from the experience. These insights can be harnessed to ensure that those within our sphere of influence are not just noticed, but genuinely seen and heard.
I firmly believe that by embracing these actions, we can reverse the disheartening statistics and foster an environment where team members feel genuinely valued, appreciated, and reassured that they are not navigating their challenges in isolation.