• Beating Burnout: Solving the $12Million Australian Problem

    Beating Burnout: Solving Australia’s $12million Problem

    Australia remains one of the few countries where employees prioritise their work-life balance over career progression and earning potential¹. In short, quality of life is important to us; and pushing employees too hard will result in high turnover, low productivity, poor engagement and – yep, you guessed it – burnout.

    What is Burnout?

    Burnout is a recognised psychological condition caused by chronic stress. Suffers typically feel helpless, disillusioned, and unhappy². The longer it continues, the less motivated, engaged, and productive employees become³.

    The Impact of Burnout

    Burnout costs the global economy US$300 billion a year⁴. That’s a substantial sum, and here in Australia, we contribute significantly towards it.

    In 2015, absenteeism and low work engagement – both common symptoms of burnout – cost the Australian economy an estimated $12 million. Which means, if your business employs between 100 and 1,000 people, burnout could be costing you as much as $100,000 a year⁵.

    What Causes Burnout?

    We all have different tolerances and, as with many health disorders, burnout affects individuals differently. A highly sensitive person (HSPs), for instance, might suffer burnout in an environment others can manage easily. Broadly speaking, there are a number of situations which have been shown to regularly result in burnout⁶. They include:

    ● Misaligned Values: Individuals who are pursuing a career at odds with their personal beliefs or values.

    ● Overload: Employees who are pressured to compensate for understaffing or poor performance by colleagues.

    ● No Control: Staff who lack autonomy in their work, are micromanaged, or who recognise but have no authority to correct procedural inefficiencies.

    ● Social Breakdowns: Corporate cultures that lack team spirit, where employees are unable to relate to one another or forced to compete.

    Recognising Burnout

    Don’t confuse burnout with stress. Individuals under stress know that it is temporary, they still have control and are committed to meeting their targets. By contrast, those suffering from burnout are beyond caring. They are exhausted both mentally and emotionally, disengaged from their work, and often struggle to think creatively and identify solutions².

    Performance is one of the biggest indicators of burnout, and there are four tell-tale signs⁶ that an individual is suffering:

    1. Reduced Productivity

    Increased absenteeism is common in burned out employees, but you are more likely to see presenteeism, where individuals are at work but fail to function properly.

    2. Reduced Work Quality

    Individuals who are not invested in the outcome of a project simply won’t perform at their best.

    3. Disengagement

    If you’ve recently joined the team or are managing a new hire, then recognising a burned out, disengaged employee from a bog-standard, disengaged employee is all but impossible. Those suffering from burnout will be uncharacteristically quiet. They usually stop participating in meetings and often exclude themselves from team activities.

    4. Poor Attitude

    Again, spotting the naturally cynical employee from the burned out cynicist requires judgement and some knowledge of the individual. If ordinarily positive workers start to complain openly and voice unwarranted negative opinions, then it might be time to consider burnout.

    Preventing and Treating Employee Burnout

    Burnout is a recognised mental health condition; it takes more than a week on the beach or a good night’s sleep to address it. Suffers need coping mechanisms, individual coaching, and stress management techniques to regain their positive outlook, manage their workload, and recover productivity. The same is true for those heading for burnout, many of whom can avoid it altogether by recognising unhealthy patterns of behaviour and adjusting their lifestyle accordingly.

    That’s where Sustain Vitality Retreats come in. Offering executives at all levels a 48-hour haven from the pressures of the corporate world, these luxury 4* wellness retreats are designed to provide individuals with the tools they need to achieve a fulfilling work-life balance. Guests can tailor the weekend to their needs, attending particular treatments, workshops, and activities or all.

    These relaxing coastal breaks are guaranteed to leave you feeling refreshed, rejuvenated, and ready to take on anything the working week can throw at you. Reward your team, grab a friend, or book in alone and discover a healthier way to excel at work and home.

    You can find out more information at www.sustainvitality.com.au.



    ¹The Global Recruiter, 2015. Burnout Warning: discretionary effort falls among Australian workers. GR.

    ²Smith et al., 2016. Burnout prevention and recovery. HelpGuide.org

    ³Kwang and Kim, 2009. The study on the effect of organisational member’s job burnout. Journal of Business and Economics Research. 7 (7).

    ⁴Bretland and Thorenstien, 2015. Reducing workplace burnout, the relative benefits of cardiovascular and resistance exercise. (Abstract). PeerJ.

    ⁵Lang, 2015. Opinion: the hidden cost of emotional burnout in the workplace.The Courier Mail.

    ⁶Pillay, 2015. How to protect your employees from burnout. Fast Company.

  • Sustain Vitality - Corporate and Executive Wellness Retreats

    Sustain Vitality - Corporate & Executive Wellness Retreats

    Escape and discover everything you need to create a fulfilling work-life balance. Time to re-align, re-fresh, re-store, re-juvenate and re-focus. Now is the time to take a tranquil break from your busy life.

    WPE Pool WPE Food WPE Room


    Unique Corporate & Executive Wellness Retreat

    Take a breath. Relax. Feel the grass on your bare feet, the sun on your face. Smell the salt air as it rolls in from the ocean. Just for today, you will not worry; you will not stress. Today, you will learn how to take back control. Today, you become your true self again.

    Situated on the coast, barely an hour outside of Melbourne and surrounded by walking tracks, lakes, lawns, and hidden terraces, the Sustain Vitality Retreat offers a haven from the demanding corporate world. Take a weekend for yourself and discover the tools you need to relax, manage your workload, and find the perfect balance between work and life.

    6pm Friday - 4pm Sunday

    What’s Included


    A weekend with us means you don’t have to think about extras and add-ons. Everything’s included, so you can simply relax and enjoy the experience.

    • Two nights 4* accommodation with your choice of luxurious single, twin or queen rooms with en-suite, beautiful views and mini bar.
    • Unlimited access to all leisure facilities, including; gym, spa, pool, tennis & basketball courts, push bikes, walking tracks, billiards and more.
    • Three nutritious, delicious and healthy meals a day and snacks.
    • All wellness activities, classes, and sessions. All levels of fitness are catered for.
    • Materials to help you continue your journey after the retreat.
    • Sustain Vitality’s unique gift pack with a range of products to allow you to continue on your wellness journey.
    • Free WIFI (although we will be inviting you to reduce or eliminate your access to the outside world).
    Meditate Open Spaces Bikes


    yoga ~ qi gong ~ meditation ~ relaxation techniques ~ body, mind and soul activities ~ empowering wellness sessions

    Wellness and Motivational Activities

    Learn new skills, and create your perfect, rejuvenating weekend from our expert-led sessions.

    ClassesWPE Relax

    • Wellness & Personal Core Values
    • Food as Medicine
    • Mindfulness Training
    • Relaxation Techniques
    • Emotional/Positive Psychology
    • Mind/Body Intelligence


    • Restorative Yoga
    • Innovative Brain Gym
    • Traditional Qi Gong
    • Goal Setting
    • Team Building Exercises
    • The Wellness Wheel

    Based in the tranquil 4 star Waurn Ponds Estate, our corporate and executive retreats are tailored to you. Relax, learn new skills, discover new passions and find your inner harmony with Sustain Vitality Retreat. Find out more about the accommodation atWaurn Ponds Estate.

    Meet Your Wellness Experts

    Fiona Elliott

    Fiona and Jo

    Fiona is a wellness coach, meditation and mindfulness teacher, counsellor and corporate wellness consultant. She is passionate about teaching people how to discover their own version of health, wellness and inner peace. For more info about Fiona visit www.well-ability.com.au.

    Jo Surkitt

    Intuitive Wellness expert Jo specialises in inspiring, motivating, empowering her guests and always ensures our retreats include a great deal of fun and laughter, lifting everyone's vitality and overall happiness. Her aim is that everyone takes home some precious wellness tips that can be used daily at home. For more info about Jo visit www.revitalizelifestyle.com.



    Early Bird: Twin Share* - $895.00 / Single - $995.00

    Full Price: Twin Share* - $1095.00 / Single - $1195.00

    *Twin share only applies if you are coming along with friend/family member as we don’t pair up guests.

    Early Bird offers apply.

    HIGHLY SUGGESTED - Option to stay the Thursday night so you can sleep in relax, and take some time to unwind before the retreat begins. Additional night includes: Accommodation, Breakfast and Dinner. Twin Share - $170 / Single - $225

    For those staying Thursday evening you have an option to book a 1 hour session. Therapies include: Massage, Reflexology, Reiki, Counselling/Coaching or Energetic healing: $90

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    For further information or to register your interest...

    Please contact Fiona on 0413944568


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