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Burnout is not a new phenomenon, but it is on the rise as the pandemic makes forced remote work a lingering reality. Even those people who initially embraced work-from-home can’t hide from increased levels of stress and mental fatigue. Too much solitude, household chaos and the pressure to be “always on” have added to feelings of burnout and isolation, with the World Health Organization issuing new guidance to help protect employees’ physical, mental and social well-being as hybrid and remote work continue.

We’ve all emerged from the fog of the past two years with new priorities and a clearer vision about what we want from work, which is reflected in a growing body of research. People expect a much more flexible and open approach. They want their environment to support them not just physically, but emotionally and spiritually.