Lars Voedisch, Founder and Managing Director of PRecious Communications was featured in Business Times’ “Views from the Top” section on June 17, 2019, titled Burn Not Out. The question was – how do you, as a business leader, cope with or, better yet, prevent burn-out at work?
Here is Lars’ comment as featured in The Business Times’ Views from the Top
“One of the biggest dangers to an organisation is burn-out within the team when we push our bodies and minds to the limit. At PRecious Communications, we have put in place measures that look out for the teams’ wellness. These include a well-stocked pantry, a recreational pool table and several employee support systems such as flexible working hours and weekly one-on-one catch-ups. These efforts go a long way in preventing work-related issues, giving the team space and allow them to recalibrate and straighten out their thoughts. We can only look after our clients if we are ourselves well taken care of.”
Why Are We Talking About Preventing Burn-Out at Work?
The World Health Organization (WHO) now recognises burn-out as an occupational phenomenon. In the latest update of its International Classification of Diseases, WHO has fleshed out its definition of burn-out, describing it as “a syndrome … resulting from chronic workplace stress that has not been successfully managed”.
According to WHO, burn-out is characterised by :
The Geneva-based UN agency says it is embarking on developing “evidence-based guidelines on mental well-being in the workplace”.
WHO’s catalogue of diseases and injuries is updated based on recommendations from health experts around the world. For instance, video-gaming addiction has also been included, for the first time, as a “disorder”. The inclusion of burn-out in the WHO classifications speaks of the rise of severe health issues arising from workplace stress.
About PRecious Communications:
PRecious Communications is an integrated communications agency combining traditional and digital capabilities to provide holistic communications consultancy to our clients across different industries. Considered one of the top 5 Tech PR agencies in the APAC region, PRecious has won awards and received numerous nominations and honourable mentions for some of its campaigns.
Founded in 2012, PRecious combines deep industry knowledge, innovative mindset, and passion for collaboration to help companies achieve their business goals. The Agency’s unprecedented success in just seven years is driven by its three practice units – PRecious Inc., PRecious Life, and Sparks.
PRecious Inc. works with government and global corporate enterprises across key APAC markets in creating impactful brand awareness and thought leadership campaigns, stakeholder education programmes, and crisis communications. PRecious Life offers integrated marketing and PR solutions that elevate consumer brands across the F&B, hospitality, hotel, lifestyle, luxury, consumer technology and events sectors. Sparks holds the distinction of collaborating with over 150 startups, including 15 unicorns across the region, 3 Eduardo-Saverin backed firms and 4 Sequoia Capital-backed firms; and helped support funding rounds valued up to USD$10 billion.