CEO of James River Capital Brings Awareness to Burnout in the Workplace

Employees who are showing signs of burnout causes productivity to decline when overwhelmed with responsibilities or the workplace is dysfunctional. Paul Saunders, the CEO and Principle of James River Capital knows when his employees have burnout symptoms and implements intervention measures. He takes action immediately by offering support, encouraging fitness, communicating, and setting goals with the whole team. His system has worked for him nearly 40 years with enhancing his skills as a leader at A.G. Becker and other firms. In his Patch article on April 30th, 2018, he talked honestly about what he does when he observes an employee experiencing burnout.

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Paul Saunders says signs to look for of burnout employees are losing control, attitude changes, low energy level, lack of confidence, and sluggishness. The symptoms are physically and emotionally which needs addressing as soon as possible. Two main causes of work burnout are overload of responsibilities and working in a hostile environment. Paul brought awareness to James River Capital and constantly monitors his employees by interacting with them and ensuring the firm’s policies and structure are flexible. The first thing he and his team do the beginning of a workday is take 10 to 15 minutes outlining their goals they desire to accomplish.


The way Paul Saunders address burnout is effective, and he encourages other employers to try it if an employee is losing control, fatigue, and moody. The time for support and communication is when an employee’s attitude changes and he or she is showing negativity and lacks motivation. He says he recommends to his workers to separate work from the outside world and the home. Another thing to look for is when employees question their ability to perform work duties. It could be a sign of burnout and should deal with it by helping to set personal goals to achieve performance and productivity.


The signs of burnout are easy to detect and often associated to stress and long hours of working without rest breaks in the morning and afternoon hours. Although, some symptoms may be emotional it can affect the body by causing headaches, abnormal sleeping behavior, and other problems. Paul Saunders is knowledgeable of burnout and takes action by keeping communication open with the employees to discuss their concerns. He believes in work and life balance at James River Capital which keeps the environment healthy and productive. Learn more:


James River Capital is an investment advisory and management company headquartered in Manakin Sabot, Virginia. The firm manages hedge fund portfolios and provides services for commodity trading, corporate credit, fixed-income securities, and futures managing trades. Paul Saunders is a registered SEC investment advisor, an author, Chairman, CEO, and business owner.