Running On Empty
In a meritocratic society, where a disproportionate value is placed on personal achievement, it's hard to separate identity from work. Who are we beyond our professions? Running On Empty is a phenomenology of burnout, and it collects varied narratives that detail the lived experiences of burnout.
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Running On Empty This article is part of our series on burnout and work culture, Running on Empty. Stay tuned for the next video episode coming later this month. Images by Zachary Tang save where otherwise stated. It was October 2016, and Malcolm Lee was meant to be having the time of his life. His restaurant, Candl
Running On Empty This article is part of our new series on burnout, Running on Empty. Watch the third video in the series here. The latest episode in our series Running on Empty documents the plight of Matt Oon: a start-up founder with a bad case of burnout. To be frank, the future doesn’t look
Running On Empty This article is part of our new series on burnout, Running on Empty. Watch the second video in the series here. Images by Liang Jin Tey/RICE file photos. Earlier this month, one of my colleagues wrote an op-ed arguing that the cure for burnout is to lower one’s expectations. He made a lot of good
Running On Empty All images by Rice Media unless otherwise stated. Last year, life as we knew it was unmoored in the swell of the new normal. The shift to work-from-home was smooth for some and disruptive to others, but nonetheless, it was a major departure from what we were used to. Some things
Running On Empty All photography used in this article was taken from the trailer of RICE’s upcoming video series WORKISM. All images were shot by Feline Lim and Zachary Tang for RICE Media. A few years ago, a Singaporean friend of mine, Patricia, quit her job in finance and moved to the Taiwanese c