A first-of-its kind, science-backed toolkit that takes a holistic approach to burnout prevention by helping individuals, teams, and leaders build resilience and thrive at work.

Beating Burnout at Work has been nominated for best Spring 2021 book by the Next Big Idea Club. The Next Big Idea Club is curated by Adam Grant, Daniel Pink, Susan Cain, & Malcom Gladwell.

Solving the burnout puzzle requires a systemic approach.

In Beating Burnout at Work: Why Teams Hold the Secret to Well-Being and Resilience, Paula Davis, founder of the Stress and Resilience Institute, provides a new framework to help organizations prevent employee burnout. Davis offers an actionable method to help leaders create cultures of well-being and resilience in their organizations.

Davis’s research-driven, fast-reading, and actionable book is the first-of-its-kind to explore a new solution to the burnout problem at work: a comprehensive approach focused on building the resilience of teams of all sizes. Davis argues that teams, and their leaders, are uniquely positioned to create the type of cultures that are needed to prevent burnout.

In Beating Burnout at Work, Davis shares stories from her work coaching, teaching, and training teams and leaders across different industries, and she explores:

  • How she navigated her own burnout as a lawyer, and how that led her to study burnout and launch a business with the aim of helping organizations and their employees become more resilient;
  • How teams and leaders can utilize simple, science-backed strategies to create cultures that promote resilience and well-being and reduce burnout;
  • How the Mayo Clinic, one of the most renowned medical centers in the world, has developed a powerful model to reduce burnout in its organization;
  • How organizations dealing with high-stress challenges, including the US Army, work to increase resilience in a systemic way; and
  • How the German company trivago is piloting a new approach to work amid COVID-19 in order to increase team connection and resilience

Praise for Beating Burnout at Work

“Timely lessons, in mercifully compact form.”

—Financial Times

“Readers will nod in agreement as they read this searching, empathetic, and timely work. Davis asserts that the key to getting through burnout…is teamwork. She grounds her contentions with copious, well-documented research, all presented in crisp, clear prose. An indispensable study of the challenges of the new work world.”


“Building resilience is a team sport, not an individual trait. In this groundbreaking book, Paula Davis gives us a roadmap for creating stronger teams and sustainable well-being. Beating Burnout at Work is loaded with practical strategies and steeped in great research.”

—Tom Rath, author of Life’s Great Question and StrengthsFinder 2.0

“Not only was Beating Burnout at Work informative, but reading it was delightful. Davis nailed the art of delivering complex, evidence-based information using accessible language, a smooth cadence and such a relatable voice. Best of all is the way she animated key points with anecdotes and storytelling. Here is how engaged I was: If the book were a person I would take it to lunch immediately just to swap stories with a smart friend.”

—Alyssa Brennan, Director, Strategic Projects, Global Security & Resilience Services at Google

“I don’t remember being a part of a team that enjoys getting together and talking through issues as much as the group I’m working with now, and I can credit much of that to the tools Paula gave us and shares in her book, Beating Burnout at Work.”

—Lauren A. Shure, Maj, USAF, Deputy Chief, Special Victims’ Counsel

“In Beating Burnout at Work, Paula Davis provides a critical field guide for explaining burnout in your organization as well as some practical steps that organizations and teams can use to avoid it. This book is a must for anyone who’s feeling overwhelmed and looking to find ways to get back into balance.”

—Dr. Laurie Santos, Professor of Psychology at Yale, Host of the Happiness Lab Podcast, and Creator of Yale’s Most Popular Course, “Psychology & the Good Life”


In Beating Burnout at Work, Davis offers an actionable method to help leaders create cultures of well-being and resilience in their organizations.

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About Paula Davis

Paula Davis, JD, MAPP, is the Founder and CEO of the Stress & Resilience Institute, a training and consulting firm that partners with leaders and organizations to help them reduce burnout and build resilience at the team, leader, and organizational levels.

Paula left her law practice after seven years and earned a master’s degree in applied positive psychology from the University of Pennsylvania. As part of her post-graduate training, Paula was selected to be part of the University of Pennsylvania faculty teaching and training resilience skills to soldiers as part of the Army’s Comprehensive Soldier and Family Fitness program. The Penn team trained resilience skills to more than 40,000 soldiers and their family members.

Her expertise has been featured in and on The New York Times, O, The Oprah Magazine, The Washington Post and in many other publications. Paula is also a contributor to Forbes, Fast Company and Psychology Today.

She is a two-time recipient of the distinguished teaching award from the Medical College of Wisconsin.