Take a Break: How 15 Minutes Can Help Prevent Occupational Burnout

Fall brings with it a sense of a fresh start. The weather starts to cool down, work starts to pick up, and for some, the kids are finally back to school. But if you’ve been taking it easy over the summer with the intention of fully hitting the grindstone when football season kicks off, it’s a good idea to keep at least a little bit of that relaxed attitude in your routine.

If you neglect to give yourself downtime, you risk burnout, an occupational phenomenon that can lead to chronic physical and mental fatigue, depression and disruption to your work and family life. The World Health Organization defines it as “a syndrome conceptualized as resulting from chronic workplace stress that has not been successfully managed.”

Nick Propper, the Connecticut-based cofounder and CEO of corporate training company Impact Human Performance and former performance coach at the Johnson & Johnson Human Performance Institute, warned of the risks of sudden burnout in his MILLSUMMIT 2023 talk, “Knock, Knock, Who’s There? Burnout.”