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VacancyCentre Senior Recruitment Consultant Simon Pace on Thursday highlighted that burnout is not a quality to be glorified, since it has a significant negative impact on wellbeing.

The business world is no stranger to stress – some may argue that it is even a motivator. That being said, the drive to keep up with deadlines and meet goals can come at the detriment of one’s welfare.

Discussing this, Mr Pace notes that “burnout isn’t a badge of honour”, as it “takes a toll” on a person’s physical and mental health.

“It can lead to exhaustion and stress, affecting your overall wellbeing and your loved ones around you. Burnout diminishes your ability to perform at your best,” he added.

Simon Pace / VacancyCentre
VacancyCentre Senior Recruitment Consultant Simon Pace / VacancyCentre

“Rather than glorifying burnout, it’s important to prioritise a work-life balance and take breaks to recharge,” he continued.

As a result, he listed four key ways through which burnout can be avoided, especially in today’s hectic work environments.

Firstly, Mr Pace pointed out that it is integral to develop effective time management skills to prevent oneself from feeling overwhelmed when the going gets tough.

“Prioritise tasks, break them down into manageable steps, and create realistic deadlines,” he added.

He also remarked that business leaders need to delegate and “learn to say no” to additional responsibilities when the current workload is already too much.

Aside from work, he said that it is important to plan and utilise vacation days in order to “disconnect from work completely”. “Taking time off allows you to rest, and reset well,” Mr Pace continued.

“Remember, taking care of your wellbeing and maintaining a healthy work-life balance should be prioritised over glorifying burnout,” he said, before concluding with: “Work smarter, not harder!”

Mr Pace is vastly experienced within the staffing and recruitment industry and has served as Senior Recruitment Consultant at VacancyCentre for over four years. His experience also includes more than six years as Senior Consultant at Castille. He has worked with local and international clients, primarily sourcing clients within accounts, payments, finance, IT, operations, digital marketing, and also legal and compliance.

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