If you think that burnout is as bogus as the Loch Ness monster, you’re unquestionably wrong. In fact, it’s such a real thing that avoiding burnout for yourself and your employees should become a priority. Why? Because the manager or the worker who is burnt out damages the company’s productivity and potential.
Here are three easy ideas which you can use if you want to start avoiding burnout.
Avoiding Burnout the Easy Way: Three Ideas
1. Make Vacations and Off Time Mandatory
We now live in a world where everything is on the move, including our work. The simple fact that we all have mobile phones means that our work doesn’t stay at the office anymore. Instead, it rather follows us like a faithful hound everywhere we go. Where there’s you, there’s your phone. And where there’s your phone, there’s also your work.
This concept, however, is what’s bringing your employees down and tiring them to no end. If you or a colleague sends out emails at nine o’clock in the evening, it’s difficult to resist taking a look or even answering.
The idea here is to ‘force’ everyone to stop working when business hours have ended. Yes, that includes you, the manager.
2. Working from 9 to 5, Monday to Friday. But Why?
Let’s take the idea we presented above about everything being mobile, including our work and build on it a little more. Since we have already established things are as such, why make your employees keep the old-fashioned 9 to 5, Monday until Friday routine?
Avoiding burnout can also mean allowing them to work flexibly and remotely. If they want to work from home, and you trust they are responsible enough, let them. In the same way, if they want to make a city break and go work at the sea or mountain side, why not?
Not only does this mean avoiding burnout but it can also mean a fantastic increase in productivity. Think about it this way. How productive would you be working from the beach instead of a hot, stuffy office?
3. Socializing as a Means of Avoiding Burnout
Being in the company of others, laughing, joking, and simply talking takes the edge off anybody. It’s also a great stress reliever. In this sense, our idea for avoiding burnout is to encourage your employees to spend more time together.
Tip – don’t leave them to do this by themselves. Some people don’t socialize naturally. Instead, you can organize some small activities. For example, you can set up a tiny treasure hunt around the office which will last for 15 or 20 minutes. Or you could ask them to divide into pairs and design a new company logo. They only have 20 minutes to do it and the winning team gets a basket of mini muffins or a t-shirt.
Avoiding burnout is a crucial way of thinking in the current working environment. It is also one of those situations in which it’s better to be safe than sorry. Don’t wait around for one or more of your employees to go through it. Prevention is always better.
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