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Greenberg Traurig a Partner of the Interprofessional Conference on Professional Burnout

WARSAW – Feb. 3, 2016 - The Warsaw office of the international law firm Greenberg Traurig was a partner of the conference on the “Diagnosis of Poles’ Professional Burnout.” The purpose of the conference was to start an interprofessional debate on job burnout, its causes and effects, and structural solutions that could be implemented in Poland.

“Professional burnout can occur in any profession, yet research shows that in particular it affects professions that involve frequent contact with other people, and the legal profession is surely a good case in point,” said Jarosław Grzesiak, managing partner of Greenberg Traurig’s Warsaw office. “When an employee begins to burn out, not only does effectiveness suffer, which is so important for the organization, but on top of that there is a risk that such person will leave the team, which is really harmful from the business point of view,” he added. 

Participating in the conference on behalf of the Warsaw office was Shareholder Agnieszka Stankiewicz, one of the leaders of the Real Estate Practice, whose experience and knowledge are appreciated annually in international and Polish rankings. Ms. Stankiewicz took part in a discussion panel, “Women’s success in business and professional burnout.”

“These days, with more women in the labor market, especially in careers involving big responsibility, their exposure to professional burnout syndrome is increased. In my almost 20 years of professional experience I have witnessed the impact of professional burnout on life and health, therefore I am glad that I was able to participate in a conference aimed at boosting interest in the problem in various circles and promoting good practices followed in various parts of the world,” Ms. Stankiewicz said.

Professional burnout is mental and physical exhaustion, which causes a person for whom work used to be a key part of life to lose interest in professional duties. Professional burnout leads to a significant drop in productivity and involvement as well as in mood and sense of fulfillment. Persons affected by it lose a sense of commitment to their job, appear distant and absent.