Recently I was, perhaps somewhat unempathetically, musing on the seemingly more prevalent occurrence of burnout here in The Netherlands. I just seem to hear of it so much.
Apparently, in 2013, the Netherlands ranked as the fourth happiest country in the world, and one of the reasons for this is its flexible work structure. Yet, CBS reports show that a boggling 13% of Dutch employees experience burnout. (source
) Maybe its the Calvinist American work ethic in me that instinctively believes people should be able to put their head down & power through. I know its just not that simple.
“Put Up or Shut Up” officially means: justify oneself or remain silent. To me, this often means stepping up the plate and taking a swing. You don’t credit for barking from the sidelines. Like Kelli’s or Greg’s stories below: you have to live your life and then you get to give advice. Others should listen.
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