Former federal agent has advice for the work-weary
By Dana Wilkie
The most common time to have a heart attack is 9 a.m. on a Monday—the start of the workweek. The New York Times in 2006 confirmed what many workers already knew to be true: Staring down five more days at a job they can no longer tolerate is just too much to bear. Before your employees—or you—have a health emergency, learn how to identify and possibly prevent job burnout. Leadership consultant Andrew Wittman, Ph.D., has advice for workers who can’t stand their jobs, and the HR professionals who want to help them. Wittman is founder of the leadership consultancy Mental Toughness Training Center in Greenville, S.C., and author of Ground Zero Leadership: CEO of You (Get Warrior Tough Media, 2016). He is also a former Marine, federal agent and special agent for the U.S. Capitol Police and has led security details for several high-profile politicians, celebrities and heads of state. In an interview with SHRM Online, he described the warning signs of job burnout, as well as some possible antidotes.