How do shared experiences help with burnout in the workplace?

How do shared experiences help with burnout in the workplace?

The secret to strong bonds lies in shared experiences, especially novel ones. With yourself, your romantic partner, kids, parents, roommates, your ride-or-die, buddies, classmates, colleagues. It doesn’t matter. People are people, and experiencing new things brings us together in a powerful way. Shared experiences can be a valuable tool in addressing and preventing burnout in a corporate or startup workplace. For me personally, there were so many times where an event, offsite, or novel experience helped me out of a funk and brought me back to a place of excitement about the work I was doing, particularly in stressful times that I felt overwhelmed and overworked.

Here's how shared experiences can help burnout at work:

  1. Supportive Network: Shared experiences create a sense of belonging and a support network within the workplace. When employees face challenges or signs of burnout, they can turn to their colleagues who have gone through similar situations for advice, empathy, and encouragement.

  2. Reduction of Isolation: Burnout is often accompanied by a feeling of isolation. Shared experiences help employees realize that they are not alone in their struggles. This can reduce the emotional burden of burnout and make individuals feel more connected to their coworkers.

  3. Stress Reduction: Experiencing and discussing shared challenges can serve as a stress-relief mechanism. Employees can vent their frustrations and concerns with colleagues who understand, which can help reduce stress levels.

  4. Peer Learning: Shared experiences can be a source of peer-to-peer learning. When employees learn from their colleagues who have encountered similar burnout triggers, they can better understand the causes and potential solutions. This learning can be instrumental in burnout prevention.

  5. Enhanced Resilience: Knowing that others have faced and overcome similar challenges can boost employees' resilience. They are more likely to believe that they, too, can overcome burnout and adversities. This can be empowering and motivating.

  6. Team Building: Shared experiences contribute to a sense of unity and camaraderie among teams. This bonding can result in better team collaboration and a shared commitment to preventing and addressing burnout collectively.

  7. Peer Accountability: Colleagues who have shared experiences can hold each other accountable for maintaining a healthy work-life balance and managing workload. This peer accountability can help prevent the escalation of burnout.

  8. Mental Health Awareness: Shared experiences often involve discussions about mental health and well-being. These conversations reduce the stigma surrounding mental health issues and encourage individuals to seek help when needed.

  9. Leadership Recognition: Leaders who recognize and address shared experiences of burnout within their teams demonstrate empathy and a commitment to their employees' well-being. This can enhance trust and loyalty among the workforce.

  10. Proactive Prevention: Organizations can use shared experiences as a basis for implementing proactive measures to prevent burnout. By understanding the common triggers and patterns, they can tailor strategies to promote a healthier work environment.

Incorporating shared experiences into the corporate culture can be achieved through regular team offsites, workshops, or initiatives that encourage open conversations about challenges, successes, and well-being. The goal is to create a culture where employees feel comfortable sharing their experiences, seeking support, and collectively working towards reducing the risk of burnout. Plan a shared experience for your team that brings you out of your comfort zone! Surfing, cooking class, a hike in the woods anyone?




About Bridget Hilton

Bridget Hilton creates tools to help teams and leaders connect in the workplace through rich experiences and shared goals. Her keynote helps Fortune 500 companies navigate topics of mental health and wellness, burnout, employee belonging and connection, inspiration, motivation, and goal setting. Her book Experiential Billionaire and card deck Treasure Maps is out now. She is located in Los Angeles, CA and is booking keynotes and workshops worldwide now.