How can those working in the crucial areas of the climate, environment and sustainability find support? What are the impacts if these key people feel isolated, overwhelmed by the scale of the challenge, or that their actions accomplish too little, too late?

Although there has been more focus on well-being and support for those in high-pressure jobs where limited resources, deadlines, and excessive hours can result in high levels of stress, exhaustion, and burnout, it is essential that there is ongoing investment in the people giving their lives to the greatest challenges of our time.

The Climate Burnout Report produced by Climate Critical highlights this very point with the results of its research suggesting that people across diverse sections of the climate change and environmental sector are burning out. If this work’s findings represent the sector as a whole, the consequences are incredibly serious for us all.

The survey and focus groups carried out by Climate Critical identified that “participants reported burnout symptoms such as acute negative feelings of physical and mental pain, exhaustion, indifference, hopelessness and powerlessness regardless of role (i.e., from executives down to junior staff).”

Burnout isn’t just feeling tired in the mornings or stressed. Those suffering from burnout often experience physical and emotional exhaustion, detachment, and feelings of ineffectiveness. On the surface, the signs can include acting erratic, forgetting things easily, irritability, frustration, lack of productivity and withdrawal. A usually outgoing team member who contributes to meetings may suddenly become quiet and withdrawn. Someone who usually produces great work may now struggle with smaller tasks.

These people are key to the future of our families, our health, our world, and our ability to live and work.

Finding the right support

For those working in the crucial areas of the climate, environment, and sustainability, thank you for your actions and work. Find a support network that helps to sustain you, be that a community group, friend, family, mentor, or coach. You are not alone in this work. The global community of those creating ways to transition to a way in which live and work in harmony with our world and one another continues to strengthen.

If you are an employer, I encourage you to take an honest look at your business model and culture. It is vital that businesses invest in the interests of the well-being and support of their people. Honesty and transparency must be prioritised over carefully crafted corporate mission statements. Improving the quality of communication, listening, feedback, and relationships between leaders and teams, and management is important. Remember your people are key to the future of your business. Supporting them now just might be the most important thing you ever do.

I am delighted to be part of The Climate Coaching Alliance, a global community of diverse coaches, coaching psychologists, coaching supervisors, facilitators, and other leadership professionals, who work with individuals, leaders and their teams, community leaders and change-makers to support viable, inclusive practices to maintain a flourishing planet for future generations.

 

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