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Feb 15, 2022

Welcome to RIMScast. Your host is Justin Smulison, Business Content Manager at RIMS, the Risk and Insurance Management Society.

Every risk professional experiences burnout at some point and the past two years have certainly pushed many of us to both our mental and physical limits.


In this episode, Rachel Sheerin joins Justin Smulison to offer her tips and advice to combat and harness workplace burnout. Rachel is an award-winning keynote speaker, trainer, and author with a focus on helping people thrive at work and home.


Known as the “Brené Brown of Burnout,” Rachel lends invaluable insights into what you need to know about maintaining happiness and avoiding burnout in all aspects of your life. She also offers her own philosophy on perseverance and shares a previous of her upcoming keynote at RISKWORLD on April 11th, 2022! Don’t miss out.


Key Takeaways:

[:01] About the RIMS App.

[:22] About RIMScast.

[:35] About today’s episode with Rachel Sheerin.

[:48] Upcoming RIMS offerings.

[1:11] About the upcoming two-day virtual event: 2022 RIMS RiskTech Forum.

[1:42] More about today’s episode with Rachel Sheerin.

[2:14] Justin welcomes Rachel to RIMScast!

[2:48] Rachel shares the history of her career and what led her to RIMS and RISKWORLD.

[6:32] How COVID-19 has exasperated burnout.

[9:55] Is burnout more prevalent among professionals with hybrid work environments?

[14:20] Upcoming RIMS workshops and events.

[15:23] Megan Miller joins the podcast to share about the exciting events coming up for the Spencer Educational Foundation!

[17:57] What risk professionals should know about the common misconceptions around success and happiness.

[22:22] Megan’s tips for avoiding and recovering from burnout.

[25:55] Megan’s advice for those experiencing anxiety about returning to work.

[28:27] Megan gives a small preview of her April 11th keynote at RISKWORLD 2022.

[30:24] Justin thanks Rachel for joining RIMScast and shares some additional links to look out for in the show notes.


Mentioned in this Episode:

RIMS Events, Education, and Services:

RIMS 2022 RISKWORLD | April 10‒13 in San Francisco! — Register now for advance rate pricing!


RIMS Buyers Guide

Sponsor RIMScast: Contact or for more information.

Sponsored RIMScast Episodes:

“Navigating the Risk Landscape in 2022” | Sponsored by AXA XL

“Prioritizing People: Expertise and Innovation” | Sponsored by Gallagher Bassett

“Risk Findings for the Industrial & Manufacturing Industry” | Sponsored by Aon

“Establishing the Right Assurance to Request From Business Partners” | Sponsored by HITRUST

“Aon’s 2021 Retail Industry Overview” | Sponsored by Aon

“A Legacy of Resilience” | Sponsored by J.B. Boda Group

“The Golden Era of Insurance” | Sponsored by The Hartford

“Insurance Investigation Trends Happening Now” | Sponsored by Travelers

“What Could a CRO Do for Your Business?” | Sponsored by Riskonnect

“Hard Reality: A Look at Rising Rates in Property & Excess Casualty” | Sponsored by AXA XL

“Property Valuation Deep Dive” | Sponsored by TÜV SÜD

“Property Loss Control Engineering” | Sponsored by Prudent Insurance Brokers

NEW RIMSCAST VIDEO: “Climate Change and Insurance: A Fireside Chat with Dev Bhutani and Deepak Madan” | Sponsored by Prudent Insurance Brokers Ltd.


March 10, 2022 | “Emerging Risks in Renewable Energy” | Sponsored by TÜV SÜD Global Risk Consultants

RISKWORLD Live Workshops:

April 9th‒10th, 2022 | “Contractual Risk Transfer” | Presented by RIMS

April 9th‒10th, 2022 | “Fundamentals of Insurance” | Presented by RIMS

April 9th‒10th, 2022 | “Fundamentals of Risk Management” | Presented by RIMS

April 9th‒10th, 2022 | “Managing Cognitive Bias Risk — Recognition & Avoidance Essentials” | Presented by RIMS

April 9th‒10th, 2022 | “RIMS-CRMP Prep” | Presented by RIMS

April 9th‒10th, 2022 | “Risk Appetite Management” | Presented by RIMS

April 9th‒10th, 2022 | “Applying and Integrating ERM” | Presented by RIMS

April 9th‒10th, 2022 | “Captives as an Alternate Risk Financing Technique” | Presented by RIMS

Virtual Workshops:

Attend the RIMS-CRMP-FED Exam Prep Virtual Workshop presented with George Mason University, February 15‒17, 2022 — Register Now!

Related RIMScast Episodes:

“How Risk Professionals Can Avoid Digital and Remote Burnout with Dr. Gleb Tsipursky”

“Mental Health in the Workplace with Darcy Gruttadaro”

“Looking to 2022 with Spencer Educational Foundation Executive Director Megan Miller”

“RIMS 2021 Goodell Award Winner Pamela L. Popp”

“Career Notes: RIMS Live 2021 Speaker Jade Simmons Talks Risk and Music”

RIMS Publications, Content, and Links:

RIMS Membership — Whether you are a new member or need to transition, be a part of the global risk management community!

RIMS Virtual Workshops

Upcoming RIMS Webinars

On-Demand Webinars

RIMS Advisory Services — Ask a Peer

Risk Management Magazine

Risk Management Monitor

RIMS Coronavirus Information Center

RIMS Risk Leaders Series — New interview with RIMS 2021 Risk Manager of the Year Michael Harrington!

RIMS-Certified Risk Management Professional (RIMS-CRMP)

RIMS-CRMP Stories — New interview featuring RIMS Treasurer Jennifer Santiago!

Spencer Educational Foundation

RIMS DEI Council

RIMS Path to the Boardroom


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Tweetables (For Social Media Use):


“What we have done previously is not going to work for what’s coming in tomorrow’s world.” — Rachel Sheerin


“Change is at the root of everything right now. We have all … gone through change together [with COVID-19].” — Rachel Sheerin


“Instead of saying, ‘Burnout is because of failure,’ [say], ‘Burnout is because I care so much. … I’m coming back from it time and time again. Burnout’s here to help me stay on track and make sure that all of this hard work is because I’m living a life I love.’” — Rachel Sheerin


“Acknowledging is power. We out tempted to keep on just racing past things, but if you let things fester, [that’s] no good.” — Rachel Sheerin