FLR | Why Vacation Doesn’t Solve Burnout | Friday Leadership Report

Happy Friday,


Here’s a wakeup call: It’s August 12th. There are 3 weeks left in the summer.


I care that you have taken the time you need to rest, recharge and create systems to help you sustain your work-life balance.


35 per cent of Canadian police officers are going to work when mentally unwell,
31 per cent of Canadian police officers are working while physically ill
94 per cent of nurses are experiencing burnout in their work.
About 50% of managers said they’ve contemplated leaving their role due to stress.


Have you taken vacation? Here’s your reminder to schedule that.


Even if you have checked “take a vacation” off your list this year, it isn’t the answer to long term sustainability in your role or the cure to preventing burnout.


Less than half of workers say that taking time off alleviates burnout, even temporarily.


None of this is about time off. It’s about the quality, and quantity, of the time on.


So what’s the solution?


As a leader, you need to define work-life balance simply and clearly for your employees, and follow through on making it a requirement in your workplace’s culture.


How are you implementing a real work-life balance for your team as you head into the fall?


Along the road with you,




Pandemic stress leading to trouble at the top | The Star


What Does Work-Life Balance Even Mean? | Forbes


When Vacations Aren’t Enough: The Employee Burnout Epidemic | Forbes