Pandemic fatigue and burnout

There is no doubt 2020 and 2021 have been hugely challenging for most people. We have all been affected by the pandemic and with the prospect of this current lockdown continuing into 2022, many people are suffering either now or will in the future with pandemic fatigue and burnout.

In this session, Passe-Partout will give participants an insight into the science of why this is the case. We will explore the different brain chemicals and how they affect mood, anxiety, stress and well-being. Alex will help you develop some simple strategies to help build and maintain your resilience so you can overcome fatigue and burnout.

This session will be structured around the following themes:

What you can expect

Pandemic Fatigue And Burnout is a bite-sized (2.5 hours)  virtual programme providing you with the time, space and support to champion your people who might be suffering with pandemic fatigue and burnout

The reality is;

  • Mental health related absence has increased by 37% in organisations surveyed by CIPD
  • Mental health implications are likely to be felt for years – possible double pre-COVID times
  • More than half (60%) of adults and 2/3 (68%) of young people felt their mental health got worse during lockdown

  • However having paid work or connection to a job was associated with better mental health



Welcome and introductions

The impact of an extraordinary year

• How the pandemic (and other factors) have caused an impact on mental health
• What are the physical, mental and business impacts for ourselves and our teams


The difference between stress, burnout and emotional hibernation

The responsibility of leaders to maintain and improve mental health

• The importance of being a role model and ‘putting on your own oxygen mask first’

What we can learn from neuroscience

• Neurotransmitters that stimulate positive mental health to overcome the impact of burnout and fatigue
• Strategies to create a balance of these brain chemicals to enhance positive mental health and wellbeing

The road ahead

• Feedback from previous sessions - what are our people saying, how are they feeling?
• Awareness of future challenges
• Tips and techniques


Action and personal commitments

See our case study on Passe-Partout's work with NHS England and Improvement Managing in a Crisis (Covid-19) Project

If you're looking to support people in your organisation who are suffering with pandemic fatigue and burnout contact us through the form below, or by emailing

Employees might be returning to physical offices after two years of Zoom meetings and the nine-to-five grind stretching into more of an all-day-and-night grind. This return is prompting both companies and employees to re-evaluate what post-pandemic work should look like. For companies, one of the main concerns is providing a work experience that keeps employees engaged and, well, in the job.

Prior to the Covid-19 pandemic, millennials were notorious for their fickle attachment to their workplace. A recent Gallup survey found that “60% of millennials say they are open to a different job opportunity—15 percentage points higher than the percentage of non-millennial workers who say the same.” That same survey also found that, when it comes to millennial employee engagement “only about three in 10 are emotionally and behaviourally connected to their job and company.”

Pandemic fatigue has led to significant levels of burnout as work-life balance fell apart while working from home. That increased stress level—the sense of constant anxiety and frustration with work—is only fuelling employee disengagement. The issue, however, isn’t a lack of millennial loyalty. According to Olga Khazan, writing in The Atlantic, “burnout is a problem created by the workplace, and changes to the workplace are the best way to fix it.”

So, as companies try to help workers not flame out—which is not only bad for the employees but costly for employers—the question becomes where can an organization create meaningful changes in the employee experience after the pandemic?

While many might initially gravitate towards developing a company culture like Google or Facebook, it may not be as easy trucking in nap pods and ping pong tables. Luckily, there are other ways to avert Covid fatigue and build employee mental wellbeing.

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