Studies show that leaders who form healthy relationships with their direct reports, based on trust, mutual respect, authenticity and fairness, can actually lower employees’ susceptibility to stress-related diseases.

For HR leaders, the next epidemic is already here.

The American workforce, ever the overachievers, was on the verge of burnout before the pandemic. And then things got worse. Covid accelerated burnout so much that HR is now facing another epidemic. Nearly 60% of millennials and Gen Z, 54% of Gen X and 31% of Baby Boomers are burned out. For anyone trying to hold a team together, it will come as no surprise that burnout is the number one reason people look for a new job.

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