We’ve all been there… That moment when we want to give up, move on, or just get plain bored at the office. Lots feel this way, sure, but why is that? Why do we get burned out, sometimes past a point of no return, and risk our health, sanity and not to mention the success of our companies? “95% of human resource leaders say burnout is the No. 1 culprit of turnover, according to a new study of 614 HR officials.” The reasons are the same time and time again – employers citing that their burnout stems from “unfair pay, unreasonable workload, or working too many hours”. For others, it’s typically management, negative office environments or the lack of resources that drives them insane.
How to Say Bye to Burn Out:
(Take the following steps to break the cycle and come out on top)
- Pinpoint the Source:
Are you responsible for your own demise, stressing out about personal anxieties or fears? Or is your management team the cause; lacking the ability to guide you in the right direction?
- Take Action:
If you’re having trouble, try and maintain an open dialogue with your management team. Chances are, they’ll be able to take steps in giving you exactly what you need to succeed and understand how they can better manage you in turn. Two heads are often better than one.
- Don’t Be Afraid to Ask for Resources:
Feeling you aren’t prepared for certain tasks or not doing them as efficiently can be a definite source of workplace stress. Instead of avoiding the subject (and just hoping things will get better) ask for the tools you need to get the job done. If you need a seminar, training or some extra coaching from your manager – reach out! Any attempt to make yourself a better employee is a plus for your company.
If you’re an employer, it’s important to have clear communication on work life balance. Insist your employee takes their lunch rather than work through it – and keep your word! Saying one thing and meaning another will make your team feel like they’re caught between a rock and a hard place and their only chance to survive is to get out.
This post was inspired by an article featured in the Business Monday section of the Miami Herald (Jan. 29TH, 2017) written by Cindy Krischer Goodman.
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