Next Gen Life - eMagazine Sept 2019 - Page 39



Had the presenter posed this question to
launch his presentation a mere few years ago
he most likely would have achieved the result
he was expecting. It is very rare to find a
corporate audience in 2019 that has not
already experienced the ‘what is change’
presentation, and, as this experience
highlighted, rare to find a corporate audience
that has not accepted that change is the new
norm.
In this new landscape, we are presented with a
set of new challenges:
Employees are expecting a degree of
change that organisations are struggling to
keep pace in delivering (new technologies,
ways of working).
As employee expectations go up, often
employee engagement scores go down people sign on to the Vision that they hear
and hold high expectations for its delivery,
and fast.
We are now so adept at embracing change,
we are overwhelmed
In May 2019 the World Health Organisation
published that burn-out is now included in the
11th Revision of the International Classification
of Diseases (ICD-11) as an occupational
phenomenon. It is defined in ICD-11 as follows:
“Burn-out is a syndrome conceptualised as
resulting from chronic workplace stress
that has not been successfully managed. It
is characterised by three dimensions:
feelings of energy depletion or
exhaustion
increased mental distance from one’s
job, or feelings of negativism or cynicism
related to one's job
reduced professional efficacy.”
It will be no surprise to anyone that adapting to
organisational change, whilst at times is
exciting, rewarding and invigorating can also be
a significant disruptive, ambiguous and
stressful process. In the modern world, where
the proliferation of incremental changes has
compounded into one mammoth transformation
of society, cultures and organisations, it is not
at all surprising that the condition of burn-out is
being recognised in this manner, on a global
scale.
So how do we, as individuals, keep pace in a
transforming world whilst ensuring that any
chronic workplace stress is being successfully
managed?
Presence and Awareness of Self. I’m sorry to
say, if this is a statement that makes you feel
uncomfortable, sounds ‘woo-woo’ or is too
close to that ‘mindfulness rubbish’ the gap
between where you are and the world that is
moving on around you is only going to increase
exponentially!
So, let’s not make assumptions for a minute,
ok? Let’s just break it down in a really
humanistic way… Presence is being focused
on you, in this moment. It is empowering
yourself to switch off from the noise around and
inside of you. It is the ability to focus on little
things such as how your little toe touches the
floor and being able to stay there present in
that awareness without being drawn into
worries, concerns, judgements, burdens,
expectations and stress. The value of being
present has nothing to do with your little toe, it
has everything to do with how you manage
yourself in that moment.

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