The burnout crisis has been cycling through the headlines for the past few years. The term “burnout” has entered the popular lexicon in recent years. And while it may be tempting to write off burnout as simply a case of people working too hard, the reality is that burnout is a serious issue with far-reaching consequences. Burnout is not merely a feeling of tired or stress; it is a state of physical, emotional, and mental exhaustion that can lead to serious health problems. Burnout is also linked to reduced job satisfaction and productivity and can lead to depression and anxiety. The good news is that burnout is preventable. But it requires recognition and action from leaders in all industries, especially healthcare. By creating policies and programs that promote work-life balance, demonstrating empathy for employees, and investing in employee well-being, leaders can help to prevent burnout before it starts.

Many thought leaders have raised various ways to eliminate burnout. These methods vary from more exercise, taking a vacation, setting boundaries, yoga, healthy eating, and the list goes on. However, these need to be supported by a healthy work environment.

But what if the person suffering from burnout is you? And what if you’re not in a position to make the changes necessary to reduce your burnout? This is where strong leadership is essential.

Leadership isn’t just about giving orders and expecting people to follow them. It’s also about setting the example and being the change you want to see. If you want to reduce burnout in your workplace, it starts with you as the leader. Burnout is a serious problem in the workplace, and it begins with the leader. A leader’s leadership style might be contributing to their employee’s burnout. Leaders need to model healthy boundaries in the workplace. They need to set the tone for what is acceptable and what is not. If leaders are modeling burnout behavior, their employees will likely follow suit. Burnout is a significant problem because it leads to reduced productivity, increased turnover, and decreased morale. Leaders need to be aware of the signs of burnout in their employees and take steps to address them. Burnout can be prevented by having a healthy work-life balance, being proactive about stress management, and providing employee support. As the leader, you are uniquely positioned to set the tone for your workplace and prevent burnout before it starts.

I once suffered from burnout, and frankly believe I was a casualty of a dysfunctional health care system. The system wasn’t designed to support its workers, which needs to change. Healthcare is a complex and demanding field, and burnout is a real phenomenon. It’s estimated that up to 60% of healthcare workers will experience burnout at some point in their careers. This is an alarming statistic, and it’s one that we need to pay attention to. Burnout isn’t just something that happens to individual workers – it affects the entire healthcare system. When high burnout rates, patient care suffers, and turnover rates increase. This is why it’s so important for healthcare leaders to address burnout in their organizations. We need to create a more supportive environment for healthcare workers, starting with strong leadership.

As the healthcare industry continues to grow, so does the risk of burnout. With extended hours and increasing demands, it’s easy for employees to become overwhelmed and burn out. But it starts with leaders taking charge and leading the way. We need leaders willing to stand up, fight for their employees, and help create a health conscience culture. Leaders play an essential role in setting the tone for the workplace, and they can help to create an environment that is supportive and nurturing. By ensuring employees have the resources they need to succeed, leaders can help prevent burnout before it starts. We need leaders who are willing to lead by example and are consistent in doing so.

The burnout crisis is accurate, and it’s not going away independently. We need leaders to step up and take action. Otherwise, we will continue to lose good people to this preventable problem.


  • Dr. Tomi Mitchell

    M.D | Leadership Coach| Wellness & Productivity Coach

    Dr. Tomi Mitchell Holistic Wellness Strategies

    Dr. Tomi Mitchell, MD, empowers executives, lawyers, doctors, business owners, and other leaders to eliminate burnout and increase workplace productivity and relationships.  She uses her three-step framework, Embrace, Evaluate & Energize, to empower her clients to have clarity. 

    As a public speaker and trainer, she brings energy to the crowd, captures their attention, and gives them clear, actionable steps to apply immediately to their life. Dr. Tomi Mitchell believes in getting to the root causes of life's challenges, instead of taking a temporary BandAid approach to life. She is a writer, with a book coming out in Summer 2023. She is also the host of The Mental Health & Wellness Show.  To learn more about her framework, check out the following link: Learn More.