By Jennifer Liu | September 30, 2020

Employee burnout is on the rise given what can seem like an endless number of stressors at work, at home and in managing daily life during a global health crisis. In the U.S., which is experiencing an economic collapse and unemployment crisis not seen in decades, people who remain on the job are weathering a new type of stress the longer the pandemic goes on: survivor’s guilt in the workplace.

Survivor’s guilt, or survivor syndrome, is a symptom of post-traumatic stress disorder when a person survives a traumatic event but others don’t, says John Hackston, a chartered psychologist and head of thought leadership for The Myers-Briggs Company. The person may feel guilty and believe they’ve done something wrong or aren’t deserving of survival.

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