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Recommended reading: Jacinda Ardern, burning out and loud quitting…

Voco Team
Jacinda Ardern talking to reporters

Jacinda Ardern’s  resignation has got us thinking: what do you do when you're burning out at work and your tank is about to run empty? This week’s round up of good stuff from across the web considers whether Ardern’s decision will shift thinking on burnout, as well as considering how leaders could be more honest about their flaws, and why loud quitting is replacing quiet quitting in 2023…

Being a woman in the workplace has always come with its own challenges; overlooked, underestimated, and more often than not, overworked, and to add public scrutiny on top of everything only amplifies the pressures and inequalities that exist further. However, Jacinda’s self diagnosis of her own capabilities as a leader demonstrate how taking an inward look professionally is always warranted no matter what your position is. She’s definitely a rock star and we can’t wait to see what she does next.

Read Is burnout finally 'high-profile' enough for leaders to act?

With Ardern’s resignation, the BBC asks if we should finally address mental health properly in the workplace. Are we ready to embrace employee burnout on a large scale? A survey in 2020 found 90% of those surveyed were feeling burnt out, so surely it’s time to address it? Have a read about the literature and opinions around burnout and see if you think Ardern has shifted the conversation.

Read Why Jacinda Ardern’s Decision To Quit Resonates With Most Women

Forbes takes a look at the pressure on many women’s shoulders to wear as many hats as possible -  mother, daughter, partner, employer - and how they often suffer in silence. It’s easy to see, especially after having a baby while in office, the first to ever do so, Jacinda had to find more strength and arguably juggle more than her male counterparts, while also facing more judgement. 

Read Research: Why Leaders Should Be Open About Their Flaws

Ardern openly voiced her own struggles to find strength at work, and we thought this new research written about in HBR brought to light some interesting findings about openness and honesty among leaders. Turns out being more vulnerable as a leader actually leads to greater trust and good will from employees. Maybe it’s time to start talking about our flaws at work? 

Read ‘Loud quitting’ is about making noise at work to get what you want – here’s how to do it properly

Finally, Ardern’s resignation certainly made headlines around the world, but the latest workplace trend is also pretty noisy: loud quitting! We've all heard of quiet quitting, the Gen-Z trend of working the bare minimum, but what if it’s just not your style to fade into the background? The Metro fills us in about how to ‘quit’ loudly instead…  Rather than doing the bare minimum and emotionally untangling from your job, loud quitting is simply letting your boss know you’re looking for jobs elsewhere and hoping they’ll fight to keep you. A risky strategy we know… but have a read if you want some tips on voicing your professional dissatisfaction. 

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