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A week ago, the temperature in Las Vegas reached 109 degrees and we decamped to the Adirondack Mountains. These mountains are part of the largest and oldest state park in the US, established in 1892 for “the free use of all the people for their health and pleasure”. The park's 6.1 million acres include more than 10,000 lakes, 30,000 miles of rivers and streams, and a wide variety of habitats including wetlands and an estimated 200,000 acres of old-growth forests. We come here to be soothed and healed, and to have our senses put in order. And it seems many others need that too. After more than a year of business closings, job insecurity, and uncertainty about the future, many are burned out and not yet ready to return to work. But, as companies continue to reopen and look for people to fill their rosters, unemployed people need and want additional time to put their lives in order. I’m not sure that the sign-on bonuses that companies are offering will be enough to get people back to work in the short term. Those same companies should consider implementing programs to help their former employees deal with this burnout and uncertainty. Now is the time to promote the use of emotional intelligence – it’s the right tool for the job.  Help your employees put their senses in order today.

 

John Burroughs (1837-1921): American Naturalist and Essayist