The World Health Organization (WHO) flagged the growing issue of workplace burnout in 2019. Back then, studies showed 9 in 10 Canadian workers felt it – then the pandemic hit. The greatest impact is on health-care workers who have been working non-stop since.
Some family physicians have said they are stretched to the limit. “If I burn out, if I say ‘that’s it I can’t do it anymore,’ or if I get sick and I get COVID, I will have 1,500 patients that that don’t have a doctor,” said Ottawa family physician Dr. Nili Kaplan-Myrth.
She recalls how one of her colleagues from Alberta told her, to avoid burnout, it’s important to ‘pass the baton’ in order to keep going. “The problem is there isn’t anyone to pass it to, because we are all tired,” Kaplan-Myrth said.
Two entrepreneurs in Montreal have developed a way for them to recharge and relax. Amanda Jelowicki reports.
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