HR Debatable

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HR practitioners around the world are exhausted. One 2022 study by Workvivo revealed that 98% of HR professionals are burned out. Other data shows that 53% of HR leaders feel overwhelmed and that 42% of teams struggle with burnout and exhaustion. Now, what are some of the reasons for this not so great picture of HR’s current state of being? First off, we need to acknowledge that HR has always been a challenging function to be in. People Teams have to manage difficult situations on a daily basis, varying from employee grievances such as harassment and bias to laying off employees or simply being the scapegoat for disgruntled staff. Secondly, things haven’t gotten any easier since 2020. There were the challenges related to covid-19 of course, and the increasing number of big topics that have been added to HR’s plate since. Think of issues such as hybrid and remote work, DEIB, employee engagement and well-being for example. Other factors that don’t help are the fact that HR departments are notoriously understaffed and the fact that a staggering 63% of C-suite leaders still views HR as a predominantly administrative function. All of this clearly doesn’t help in reducing the pressure for those of us working in HR. But to what extent are we actually helping ourselves? It’s easy to point out what external elements make our lives more difficult, but what are we doing as HR practitioners to set ourselves up for success, to reduce our risk of burnout and improve our well-being? Are we doing anything at all? Do we take time off? Do we manage our well-being? That’s what’s up for debate! Here’s our first statement for today: The Burnout Crisis in HR is Caused by... HR