Johnny C. Taylor Jr., a human resources expert, is tackling your questions as part of a series for USA TODAY. Taylor is president and CEO of the Society for Human Resource Management, the world's largest HR professional society.

The questions are submitted by readers, and Taylor's answers below have been edited for length and clarity.

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Question: I work for a technology startup. The past year has been incredibly stressful, and I feel totally burned out. I don't want to come across as not a team player, but how can I talk to my manager about this? It's unsustainable. – Anonymous

Johnny C. Taylor Jr.: There's no shortage of challenges facing our workplaces right now – the COVID-19 pandemic and the events of the past year and a half have profoundly impacted our personal and professional lives.

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