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5 Controversial Opinions on Burnout 99% of the World Agrees With But I Do Not

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I have been interested in burnout for a long time.

Over the past decade, I have come across many strong opinions and common beliefs about burnout that my experiences as an entrepreneur, coach, and senior leader have led me to question.

I believe these opinions have only become mainstream and commonly accepted because “a lot of other people” agreed with them too.

So, here are my controversial opinions on burnout that 99% of the world agrees with but I do not:

Burnout is not just caused by excessive work.

I’m not saying workload doesn’t matter.

I’m just saying that feeling bored, unfulfilled and frustrated can be just as debilitating.

Taking time off is not the ultimate solution to burnout.

Contrary to popular belief, just taking a holiday is not the answer.

Many return to the same stressful conditions.

Which leads to quick rebounds back into burnout.

Taking time off provides temporary relief, not a cure.

Burnout is not solely an individual’s problem.

“Most people” believe managing it is entirely on the individual.

Which leads to…

Overlooked systemic issues.

Ineffective organisational changes.

Continued stress despite individual efforts.

We need to look towards organisational change.

Chasing rapid business growth to escape burnout is often a mistake.

99% of the time, this approach backfires.

Rapid expansion comes with its own set of challenges—increased responsibility, more complex decision-making, and potentially, a larger team to manage. These can all add to your stress, not reduce it.

Instead, reassessing your business goals to ensure they align with your personal values can be far more effective.

It’s a crucial step towards achieving true fulfilment without falling into the trap of complexities that don’t necessarily make life easier.

Daily short breaks during work are not a magic bullet for preventing burnout.

Taking frequent breaks will not stop burnout.

Because it doesn't address the core issues of job satisfaction and engagement.

Working in a fulfilling and respectful work environment should be the aim.

It leads to deeper job satisfaction.

Increases genuine engagement.

Promotes a healthier work-life balance.

Feel free to share your thoughts or challenge these opinions. Let's start a conversation on how we can truly address burnout in our workplaces.

Thanks for reading.

Until next time,

Kaley

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