When passion leads to burnout

You’ve no doubt heard the well-worn advice that “if you do what you love, you’ll never work a day in your life.” It’s a nice idea but a total myth.

When we equate work we love with “not really working,” it propagates a belief that if we love it so much, we should do more of it — all of the time, actually. Who needs a day off when you’re not really working?! There’s a whole cottage industry committed to proliferating this mindset — from books, to talks, and even kitsch stores selling piles of “Work is Bliss” quotes on merchandise. This type of mentality leads to burnout, and the consequences can be both dire and hard to detect.

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Impact of Covid-19 on employee relations in the NHS

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The Impact of Covid-19 on Employment Relations in the NHS

This report provides a detailed analysis of the impact of the first wave of the Covid-19 pandemic on employment relations in the NHS across the UK. Drawing on 235 survey responses and 20 in-depth interviews with HR leaders, senior practitioners and trade union respresentatives, it explores the extent of workplace conflict during the initial phase of the pandemic, examines the longer-term implications for employment relations and assesses how NHS organisations can meet the consequent challenges.

More than 8 in 10 survey respondents agreed that Covid had a ‘detrimental impact on the health and well-being of staff’ in their organisations. In addition to staff delivering Covid care, others had to change working patterns, roles and priorities in a rapid and fundamental way.

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