Burn baby, burn is usually music to my ears when MKR is sent to the Flapper. But in the workplace it is defined as a syndrome resulting from chronic workplace stress that has not been successfully managed. Wikipedia describes its as “feelings of energy depletion or exhaustion; increased mental distance from one’s job, or feelings of negativism or cynicism related to one’s job; and reduced professional efficacy.”
I have heard people described burnout similar to hitting a wall (not sure if y’all have ever rode a bike/played backyard American football—and crashed into a wall–not fun ). But instead of falling to the ground in need of relief, or taking a rest—you scale the wall and keep going. And it doesn’t happen because we are falling behind on our work requirements (to-do-list), or because we are lacking abilities, or because our personal life’s are interfering with work, aka the quest for a fully decentralized financial ecosystem.
From what I read, burnout can occur when everything in our lives feels unstable and we convince ourselves that working all the time is what will fix it. It’s what happens when you feel catastrophe could be around any corner and that there are no social safety nets to catch you. You pretty much short-circuit.
However, because we are so passionate about MakerDAO/DAI, Ethereum, DeFi, etc., we keep going. And through it all we fail to recognize it.
I wrote this on a morning when I woke-up thinking about the rumored burnout suffered by the Devs at Covered/Ruler protocol and this article " The Secret to Happiness at Work "
This forum post wants us to take care of one another and ask that you continue our “esprit de corps” — lets keep that common spirit that we share existing in our community/Core Units—let’s inspire enthusiasm, devotion, loyalty, camaraderie, engagement, and strong regard for the welfare of the CU teams and the community.
What are some of the strategies we can implement to reduce burnout? How can we decrease and mitigate stress? How can we emphasize that quality is a journey and not a destination? Can we keep our CUs and community members engaged, fulfilled, and as resilient individuals who are connected and supported by a network of similarly engaged colleagues with a shared purpose? In my opinion, these are all questions and hurdles that we must tackle in-order to help establish our “esprit de corps” mission for MakerDAO.
So, I ask that you love yourself and others—take care by paying attention to your diet and get out there and disconnect via some type of physical activity. Meditation? I can’t grasp it — but if you can, I heard it helps – Let me know how you think we can keep ourselves from the dreaded “burnout” syndrome.
"Never let the failure myth stop you from building something great that changes the future" -Unknown