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Concerned About a Coworker's Burnout? Here's How to Approach the Topic Safely and Tactfully Burnout affects a person's mindset and perception of events, resulting in uncharacteristic behavior, such as temper tantrums or withdrawal.

By Joanna Nurmi Edited by Maria Bailey

Key Takeaways

  • As a colleague, what are some of the steps you can take to help?
  • What should you do if your colleague misinterprets your good intentions and acts defensively?

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When a coworker starts showing signs of burnout, it's only natural to feel a strong urge to assist them. Yet, many of us are uncertain about how to approach the situation or even whether we should intervene.

Drawing from my burnout coach and advisor expertise, I recommend approaching this topic without forgetting about your own best interest too. However, if you hold a managerial or HR position, you may require specific guidance beyond what is provided here.

Related: How to Spot Entrepreneurial Burnout (Before It's Too Late)

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