I’ve been doing some R & D work on a particular aspect of engagement in work and life – the concept of malaise.
We’re all pretty familiar with stress and burnout – that dramatic stretched-to-the-limits, crash and burn phenomenon. Malaise is different.
Malaise is more like rusting out, feeling stale, bored, lethargic, restless, joyless or adrift – suffering the dis-ease of being under-challenged or feeling under-engaged. It can be every bit as challenging as burnout.
My interest was triggered by what I have been noticing in some individuals as they reach the latter part of their careers. Although I don’t think malaise is restricted to that stage of life, it does seem to be more prevalent there.
I’m interested in learning how we might avoid long stretches of malaise and move more quickly to light a spark and find a path through to a more joyful and enthusiastic experience of life and work.
To that end, I’ve done a number of interviews on this issue, and just last week I released a survey to start gathering more input.
Here is the link to the survey: https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/Malaise I would be delighted if you could take five to ten minutes to respond to the survey.
I’ll be collecting replies up until the end of April. if there are other people in your circle whom you think may have an interest in sharing their thoughts on the issue of malaise, please share the access link as freely as you wish.
Although I haven’t reviewed all the 300 responses submitted so far, some of the early comments are showing that people are finding the questions intriguing and very helpful in guiding them to think about their own experiences with malaise in their lives and organizations.
I’ll keep in touch, and share more on this subject as my work unfolds.
This post was written by Pat Katz on April 21, 2015