Meetings & Conventions: Short Cuts December 2002
Short Cuts:HEALTH BEAT
Stressed for Success
Corporate ladder climbing can be a health hazard. Middle-age,
midcareer professionals are experiencing executive burnout in
epidemic proportions, according to consulting firm Leadership
Advantage (www.leadershipadvantage.com), based in Olney, Md. The
syndrome, also known as job burnout, is marked by workplace
hostility, fatigue, illnesses and an obsession with work-related
problems at home or elsewhere.
Ironically, perfectionists and idealists, individuals who tend
to rise in the ranks early in their careers, often burn out first.
For them, juggling the competing demands of work, family and
friends proves discouraging over time despite their efforts to work
harder at coping.
Awareness of the problem is the first defense, say experts.
Other solutions include finding peer support and taking
recreational breaks with co-workers, friends and family. Finally,
the consultants at Leadership Advantage say, burnout can be seen as
a gift a signal to reassess one’s life and determine what is truly
• BRUCE MYINT
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