Jack Hammer Global
Burnout is well-recognised for its negative effects on a person’s life and wellbeing, but less well-known is boreout – another sub-optimal state that is prevalent in workplaces and characterised by low motivation, low challenge, and low interest. It usually results from having too little to do, too little autonomy, or too few opportunities to use one’s skills and passions in a way that helps you live up to your full potential at work.
After having made it through application, shortlisting and interview processes, a job offer from a potential new employer may feel like the exciting final step in one’s job search, but in South Africa, it is still standard procedure for many companies to ask prospective employees for proof of their previous salary before making a concrete offer – which presents a challenge for those who would prefer to negotiate in line with the value they bring, rather than their historic remuneration.
It’s not uncommon for individuals to feel stuck in a rut in their professional lives. Despite putting in the work and the hours, they may still not see the progress or growth they desire.
Research and surveys across the globe are showing that there has been a dramatic increase in stress and burnout in the workplace, and South Africa is no exception. While the hangover from the pandemic and lockdowns continues, much of the workforce in most countries must now also contend with dramatically increased cost of living and uncertainty about the future, while continuing attempts to perform at previous levels as well as maintaining personal and family relationships.
The world of work has changed dramatically over the past few years, even before the pandemic and the rise in remote work cemented new ways of working. But while many historic business processes and practices have long since fallen along the wayside in favour of more effective and efficient ones, there is one that obstinately remains in place: the annual performance review.
Over the past three years, the world has seen the biggest workplace shift since the industrial revolution, with the introduction of hybrid and remote work options as a result of pandemic lockdowns.
2023 is rapidly shaping up to become a year of challenges locally and globally, with some international trends replicating themselves in South Africa, mixed in with unique challenges of our own.
As work-from-home and hybrid workforce routines become more entrenched, a leadership expert cautions that being out of sight could start translating into employees being out of the minds of company leadership and thus negatively impact career progress.
As companies and workforces continue to grapple with the issue of return-to-work, fully work-from-home and hybrid work arrangements, care must be taken to ensure that this contemporary workplace challenge doesn’t further erode or even reverse gains made on the gender transformation front, a leadership expert warns.