I read a Forbes article around hybrid working and the issues it can bring, one of the points that stood out to me was an overall increase in burnout. The article stated that research conducted by BUPA has shown that towards the end of 2021 there was a 22% increase in searches for “signs of burnout at work”.

A quick google search of “what is burnout” came back with the following “Burnout is a form of exhaustion caused by constantly feeling swamped”. Even though I, like the rest of the team here at Colllingwood Executive Search, are very busy, I don’t feel swamped as such, and I think this is partly due to the support on offer here.

Although as a researcher, I tend to work on a one-to-one basis with a consultant, I know that the rest of the team is always on hand to help. Should we have an issue or problem with any assignments, we can and, I have, gone to other people for help and guidance. Working collaboratively is something that is very much encouraged here and doing so certainly relieves the feeling of being “swamped” as these conversations generate new ideas and suggestions.

Something else that I have found to be helpful is that we are also encouraged to get away from the desk from time to time to ensure we are not stuck to our screens and take time to get in the fresh air and clear our heads. We are situated next to a golf course and everyday at lunchtime, those who are in will go for a 30-minute walk around the course. Alternatively, we have a gym on site which our MD created over lockdown and is something we all enjoy regularly. Another thing we do to get away from our desks is by not eating there! Doug, our MD, has made it a rule within the office that we can’t eat at our desks, which again is a nice break. I find this very useful as it helps me to reboot and go again, whether that be on the same task or a different one altogether!

These are just some of the things that I have found useful since being starting here at Collingwood and have certainly helped me when it has come to preventing burnout!