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Employee burnout has received a lot of attention recently as businesses all over the world have become aware of the drawbacks of overworked and overstressed staff. A more recent dilemma, which might be called an Employee Energy Crisis, has, nevertheless, surfaced.

The energy crisis that workers are going through has many causes. First off, the COVID-19 pandemic has seriously disrupted work-life balance, leaving many employees exhausted and burned out. The distinction between work and personal life has become hazier as a result of remote work. Also, as workers seek to balance the demands of their professions with the uncertainties of the epidemic, the pandemic has resulted in higher workloads and stress.

Second, the digital era has ushered in a work environment where employees are expected to be accessible and receptive at all times. An employee’s energy levels may suffer due to fatigue and exhaustion brought on by the constant pressure to be connected and productive.

Finally, a lot of workers put work before Self-Care and disregard their physical and mental well-being. Low energy and lower productivity can be caused by inadequate sleep, inactivity, and a poor diet.

Employee Energy Crisis’ Effects on Workers and Employers

Both employees and employers are significantly impacted by the employee energy dilemma. Low energy levels among workers can result in lower motivation, subpar work, and a higher risk of burnout. Workers who are feeling a lack of energy may find it difficult to finish their work on time or to focus on their work. This may cause irritation, tension, and anxiety, which can make the energy situation worse.

Employers may experience decreased productivity, more absenteeism, and higher turnover rates as a result of the employee energy issue. Employee underperformance can have an effect on the business’s overall success. Also, it might be expensive to find and educate new hires to take the position of departing workers who left because of burnout or low energy.

Approaches to Address the Employee Energy Crisis

Companies must tackle employee welfare in a proactive manner in order to overcome the employee energy crisis. To do this, rules and practices must be put in place that prioritize work-life balance, promote Self-Care, and foster a positive workplace culture.

Encouragement of employees to emphasize Self-Care and take regular breaks is one of the major measures. This can involve establishing flexible work schedules, allowing employees to take mental health days, and encouraging healthy lifestyle practices like working out, eating well, and getting enough sleep.

Promoting a supportive workplace environment that prioritizes employee welfare is another option. This can involve praising and rewarding staff members who emphasize Self-Care, encouraging a positive work-life balance, and offering assistance to staff members who are experiencing burnout or low energy.

Also, businesses can use technology to manage workloads and help staff prioritize their duties. These can include resources that assist staff in Time Management, automate tedious work, and lessen interruptions.

The Breakfast Leadership Network’s Chief Burnout Officer, Michael D. Levitt, has underlined the significance of solving the employee energy shortage. According to Levitt, who made this claim in a recent interview, “businesses that value employee health are more likely to have engaged and productive staff, which ultimately leads to a more successful organization.” According to Levitt, businesses should put an emphasis on their workers’ wellness by offering them resources and support, fostering a happy workplace environment, and supporting a healthy work-life balance.


An important problem that affects both employees and businesses is the employee energy crisis. The COVID-19 epidemic, the digital age, and the lack of attention to one’s own needs are some of the crises’ underlying causes. The crisis’ effects include reduced motivation, subpar performance, higher employee burnout risk, lower productivity, elevated absenteeism, and impact to the company’s bottom line.

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Michael D. Levitt Chief Burnout Officer

Michael D. Levitt is the founder & Chief Burnout Officer of The Breakfast Leadership Network, a San Diego and Toronto-based burnout consulting firm. He is a Keynote speaker on The Great Resignation, Quiet Quitting and Burnout. He is the host of the Breakfast Leadership show, a Certified NLP and CBT Therapist, a Fortune 500 consultant, and author of his latest book BURNOUT PROOF.