What this post is about
- Avoid constraints
- Question tasks regularly
- Consciously take time out
- Recharge your batteries by changing locations
- Set small milestones
Balancing everyday life, family, job, and hobbies is a challenge. Flexibility and spontaneity are among the most important characteristics of a new generation, which, however, threatens to break under the demands. Burnout is one of the most widespread illnesses, that is still taboo in companies.
In many cases, physical, mental, and emotional exhaustion is categorized as a kind of weakness, which is a serious mistake. Instead, the focus should be on seeing and taking advantage of opportunities and chances that can stop the negative developments of the disease. For employers, this means creating basic conditions that lead to a positive atmosphere and greater satisfaction among employees. These six tips will help you get started.
1. Strengthen Passion
Passion for work comes from support and encouragement. While basic motivation may exist among many colleagues, pressure and the need to perform bury the fun in challenges and tasks. Numerous reports, constant status queries, or an unnecessarily strict schedule reduce the willingness to sacrifice oneself for the team.
There is no question that goals must be set, but freedom is an important part of achieving them. Regularly ask your colleagues where support is needed or what changes can be made to enable more effective work. This keeps output levels high and the risk of burnout low.
2 Questioning Is Allowed
Burnout is a slow process that develops into a dangerous spiral over time. Typical self-doubt questions in this phase are:
- What is the meaning of my work?
- What contribution am I making?
- Why am I not making progress?
- Is the quality of my work sufficient?
Affected individuals get caught in a web of insecurities and in a feeling of inadequacy and save themselves only with the help of others. To prevent these mental blockages from taking hold, it is better to question one's own tasks at regular intervals. These questions show a greater potential to reach the root of the problem:
- Can work processes be optimized?
- Are there new requirements that make further training necessary?
- At what point can we resolve tensions?
Furthermore, open or anonymous forums for exchange and workplace design strengthen the feeling that employee concerns are heard and noticed. An idea mailbox could be a first step in this direction.
3. Plan Time Off
Sad but true: sabbaticals are a shunned construct in the German workplace. Staying away from work for longer than three weeks? In many companies, that already rings all alarm bells. However, it promotes well-being to break out of the daily grind for an extended period and fill the mind with unfamiliar input. New perspectives and interests are poison for burnout. (So bring it on!)
The classic 14-day vacation rarely achieves this effect. The relaxation effect sets in after about seven days and provides a clear head. Too late to fill up your energy reserves to the maximum. Employers who offer sabbaticals as a benefit will encounter happier employees and also benefit from their stronger loyalty to the company.
4. New Environment, New Ideas
The same faces every day, the same way to the office: routines and recurring factors often provide support, but they can also cause boredom and demotivation. To ignite ideas and kick off creative projects, a change of scenery is an ideal way to help.
Alternating with home offices, co-working spaces or permanent hybrid models provides fresh input that refills burnt-out minds with inspiration. In addition, new work environments make it easier to expand one's networks, from which work also benefits.
5. Take Small Steps
Large projects are daunting because of their extensive tasks. Combined with a tight schedule and the fear of failure, the freezing feeling of inability to act can set in.
If you feel your heart fluttering just by looking at the project plan, you should react rather soon. Responsible team leaders loosen these mental shackles when projects are broken down into small steps that provide more feelings of success on the way to the deadline.
6. Money Can Do Many Things, But Not Everything
Fair pay is an important part of any job performance. However, the monthly paycheck doesn't protect you from burnout. If the annual review is coming up or salary negotiations need to be justified, compensatory time off or days off can be brought into play.
In the worst case, the desire for more money even fuels burnout symptoms, as expectations about work performance also grow. Half-time models or 4-day weeks are a more effective alternative to restore the balance between job and career.
Positive reinforcements and self-critical assessments are anti-burnout strategies! Follow your instincts and try to evaluate moments more consciously. What feels like a power boost may actually already be the first sign of a personal system overload that cripples the emotional center in the long run.