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I hope this message finds you well and taking pleasure in the joys of summer, albeit different this year. Taking care of ourselves is critical to our ability to care for others.  Our wellness, particularly during this extended period of living with a pandemic and ongoing civil unrest, is needed for us to be the best versions of ourselves.

Burnout is very real.  It is a serious work issue.  The World Health Organization defines burnout “resulting from chronic workplace stress that has not been successfully managed.” Interestingly, women report being burned out 20% more than men do.  For more information on this, read Ellen Keithline Byrne’s May 2020 article, 5 Steps for Women to Combat Burnout.

We know that the HR profession is dominated by women, making this callout particularly relevant to many of us. Of course, our male colleagues are not exempt from the toll of stress.  Collectively, we are all emotionally tired.

The nature of HR is that we are responsible for the caring of our employees and their well-being.  Additionally, we are caring for our own families, often leaving us to neglect our own well-being. 

Please take the opportunity presented by the summer months to find time to recharge, especially if you are feeling burned out. If you are not sure if you are, build awareness by asking your family and friends what they observe in you.  Absorb this feedback and use it to make your wellness a priority.

This year has been extremely challenging for all of us.  We do not know what is in store tomorrow.  We do know that our roles in Human Resources are more critical to the success of our businesses than ever.  In order to lead forward with innovation, compassion, and effective critical thinking, we must first care for ourselves. 

HRACC will be using the month of August to encourage all of us to slow down and enjoy time, wherever you can, with family and friends.  We will be back in September, hopefully recharged to take on the remainder of 2020.  We will kick off September with our Legal Update provided by Jackson Lewis, a favorite and valued program by all of you.  Staying safe continues to be a priority, so this program will come to you virtually.

Please find strength in your time of reflection as you soak up the sun, kick up your feet and find time to enjoy your blessings.


Janet Schaeneman
Chapter President