In a year dubbed the Great Resignation, many journalists and employees worldwide cite burnout as one reason for leaving their jobs. In some instances, they are leaving the field entirely. Burnout is a problem that costs organizations more than we can measure in lost energy due to exhaustion and lost talent. But, too often, we, as leaders, label stress as the individual’s problem and self-care as the solution.
At the 2021 Online News Association Conference, we took a different approach to the problem and potential solutions by setting the premise that stress is individual, but burnout is systemic. So, self-care is necessary but not sufficient. Burnout is a systemic problem that requires systemic change.