We all know the warning signs. There’s a crucial opportunity, some amazing ideas and only a handful of people to do a lot of work. You carry on regardless, you’re committed people, you’ll make it happen, no matter how exhausted you get. The highs immediately after finishing a project or having a win are regularly followed by a quick, sharp comedown combined with the feeling that you need to hibernate for . . . ever?
Burnout can also involve the more subtle equation of ongoing workload and destructive attitudes and behaviours, regardless of whether everything’s kicking off. It is important to ask how can we work sustainably, both individually and collectively.