Most companies these days are actively striving to engage more employees… and most think of engagement as a willingness to go above and beyond what’s expected of them and perform at higher levels of productivity. This sounds great, until you look around and realize that your employees aren’t engaged - they’re burnt out. All those late nights and crucial projects eventually lead to making mistakes, missing work, losing enjoyment for the job and life in general, physical issues like heart palpitations, insomnia, and stomach issues... Increased productivity and high performance are great, but only if they are sustainable over time. Burnout can be even more costly than low levels of employee engagement, so when you design your culture for high performance, be sure to set expectations that are realistic for your team and to take steps to specifically prevent burn out.