By Mckenna Clarke, blog writer at TOP CFOS
Stress is an expected part of the workplace, but extreme pressures can lead to burnout. Burnout symptoms include distancing oneself from work, exhaustion, feelings of lack of achievement, and extreme negativity. These symptoms, in turn, have been shown to lead to an increase in negative health problems like hypertension, sleep disturbance, and depression.
Last November, the Harvard Business Review writer Monique Valcour came out with an article outlining the risks of burnout and how to prevent it. In short, she says, while we may not be able to control our environment, it’s our reaction the stresses that determines our health and happiness.
Battle burnout in your team with the following tips from HBR:
Watch for Warning Signs
- The signs of burnout are obvious in some people but subtle in others. Keep an eye out for tiredness, lack of focus, depressed mood, hostility, and expressions of hopelessness.
- Regularly check in with team members to gauge their physical, cognitive, and emotional energy levels.
Set Limits on Workloads
- Talk to your team about its collective capacity, and ensure that assignments and deadlines don’t exceed it.
- Shield your team from external pressures, including unreasonable or unclear client and management demands.
Insist on Renewal
- Communicate that optimal performance depends on rest and renewal. Encourage people to set sensible limits on work hours.
- Set an example by keeping reasonable hours yourself.
- Make sure your team members take their full vacation time.
- Clarify expectations; grant flexibility on where, when, and how people get work done.
- Advocate for the resources your team needs to perform.
- Create uninterrupted time for people to make progress on important tasks.
Make Recognition Meaningful
- Regularly highlight wins and successes, even small ones.
- Recognize and reward people for helping others.
- Note the positive impact of your team’s work on others.
- Routinely ask team members about their development goals and what resources are required to achieve them.
- Share what you’re learning and how you’re doing it.
Facilitate Mutual Support
- Talk regularly about progress toward team goals.
- At team meetings, ask what assistance people need and can offer one another.
- Be open about asking for and giving support.
- Don’t tolerate incivility on your team. Set an example for respectful, compassionate behavior toward others.
- Encourage people to share what’s happening in their lives outside of work.
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