1. WHO Classifies Burnout as a Disease
The term “burnout” was spawned by the millennial generation. As Urban Dictionary puts it, it’s “a state of emotional and physical exhaustion caused by a prolonged period of stress and frustration; an inevitable corporate condition characterized by frequent displays of unprofessional behavior, a blithe refusal to do any work, and most importantly, a distinct aura of not giving a sh*t.” Burnout has the following 3 components: 1) lack of energy or exhaustion, 2) autopilot and cynicism related to the job, and 3) poor performance. In 2018, a Gallup study found that about two-thirds of full-time workers experienced burnout on the job, and it’s costing companies over $125B in health-care spending. Therefore, the World Health Organization (WHO) is giving these burnout victims validation in a new volume of its medical conditions handbook, the International Statistical Classification of Diseases and Related Health Problems.
Is it preventable? According to Gallup, to prevent burnout, it’s important for leaders to treat all employees fairly, issue manageable workloads, discuss responsibilities and performance goals with employees, encourage open communication, and give out reasonable deadlines.
2. J & J’s Addictive Campaign
Johnson & Johnson is being sued by Oklahoma for its greedy number of sales of its addictive opioid painkillers. J&J’s “deceitful, multibillion-dollar brainwashing campaign” helped create a deadly epidemic in Oklahoma, that killed thousands, by tricking doctors into prescribing these powerful medications for unapproved ailments, causing a wave of fatal overdoses and addiction woes. The oversupply of opioids and the over-prescribing to vulnerable populations such as children spawned the “worst man-made public-health crisis in the state’s history,’’ said Oklahoma Attorney General Mike Hunter. After 1.6K filed cases, this is the first one to stand trial. Apparently, billions in tax dollars were spent to curb this drug abuse fallout, and all drugmakers and distributors are responsible. On average, 130 Americans die from an opioid overdose every day, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, making this an epidemic that seriously needs cured.
3. Gillette’s Next Debatable Ad
Gillette in the past has produced some progressive ads, and its most recent ad is no different.
The ad shows a transgender man shaving for the first time, with his father teaching, guiding and supporting him. The ad features the tagline: “Whenever, wherever, however it happens – your first shave is special.” The beginning of this year, Gillette released a controversial ad addressing “toxic masculinity.” The 2-minute-long spot, titled “We Believe: The Best Men Can Be,” brings up the #MeToo movement, sexual harassment, and bullying. Some viewers loved it, while others hated it.
This time, however, there has been positive support overall for Gillette’s new ad, “First Shave, the story of Samson.” What were some of these positive affirmations? PFLAG, the group for parents of LGBTQ people, tweeted: “Oh wow, @Gillette, we are having all the feels here.”
Oh wow, @Gillette, we are having all the feels here. As the first and largest organization for parents of #LGBTQ people we thank you for seeing our #trans kids…and for honoring their affirming #dads! https://t.co/BYuOwLhEBf
— PFLAG National (@PFLAG) May 25, 2019
New Gillette ad features dad teaching his trans son to shave for the first time ❤️🌈 https://t.co/1fHM8evTf4
— Debra Messing (@DebraMessing) May 26, 2019
Wow Gillette released an advert with a black trans man being taught how to shave by his father. This is so beautiful. My heart. pic.twitter.com/RMG00ldbZt
— Tanya Compas (@TanyaCompas) May 26, 2019