The calendar shows January, which means spring is still a few months away. It’s hard for me to believe I’m looking out my office window and seeing vast piles of sparkling snow. We are reminded by the weatherman every night that this winter is Wisconsin’s 9th most snowy, and the prospect of another 4 or 5 inches” tomorrow is exhausting.
Ask anyone Wisconsinite, and they’ll inform you that (1) that shoveling even more snow can be grueling at this point, and (2) being in a shack for four months can be mentally draining. A lot of my colleagues had serious illnesses this winter, with recurrent migraine headaches, flu, sinus infections, as well as anxiety problems at are top of the list.
Whatever your location and where you reside, the strain of the long-term effects of adversity may seem overwhelming. It is the same in the workplace when employees believe they are held captive. They may feel depressed, angry, disengaged, or frustrated.
You must do everything you can to must protect your team and yourself from burning out on the job. What can you tell when someone who reports to you is experiencing burnout? Here are some warning indications:
o Chronic fatigue
O Anger, exploding easily
Self-criticism about accepting demands
Gain or loss of weight
A few of these issues may be able to manage on your own, but you should take advice from the department responsible for your Human Resources department and/or EAP (Employee Assistance Program) provider for assistance beyond your job as a leader.
How to avoid the stress that can cause burnout
Being afflicted with the “blues” is usually described as a feeling of sadness. It could also be feeling down or feeling low, sad, or even depressed. What can you do to avoid the emotional turmoil in the event of work overload or a difficult job, have to have to deal with complex individuals, or when the work environment is full of tension?
Below are 3 Tips to beat Team Blues:
1. Create a Defense Shield
Set yourself to be successful first. In other words, create an environment of self-care to give you the balance between work and life. Incorporate:
A good night’s sleep
O Vacations – reserve them and travel with them with you
o Take a break during the week
• Reducing stress caused by a chemical such as alcohol, caffeine, and smoking
o Exercise regularly
• Designing comfortable home and workplace environments – well-organized furnishings, lights, and color, air quality, and the length of commute work
Social time with friends
o Taking time to assist others
As an influencer in the workplace and at home, you can draw your team together and gain feedback on how to design their environment to maximize productivity and pleasure. Design a place where they are able to do their most productive work.
2. Review and Control Your Work Performance
Remove anxiety over the standard of work as well as how you’re performing. You should ask yourself:
Do I have an annual plan for my performance, and do I adhere to it?
Am I able to get the knowledge I require to perform my job effectively?
Have I got a contingency plan in place to use in the event of a disaster?
Do I keep in touch with my supervisor about my accomplishments?
Do I take criticism and guidance from others to enhance my performance?
Do I plan for anxiety-provoking times and decrease anxiety by obtaining facts instead of making assumptions and making judgments?
3. Use relaxation techniques
A lot of organizations realize the value in wellness and how positive effect they have on the team participants. I urge you to make use of activities that you are enjoying and love doing.
Yoga, as well as tai chi guided imagery, yoga, and meditation as methods to relax in the workplace environment, are becoming increasingly frequent.
Do you feel like this is a foreign concept at work? An excellent place to start is to take a look at Darrin Zeer’s book Everyday Calm.
Planning for the times that you’re feeling overwhelmed can aid you in getting through any “blue” emotions. Make sure to implement your strategy in the right direction!
Expert in team leadership Marjorie Treu, CEO of Team Fusion, works with Fortune 500 companies as well as small companies to assist leaders in building cohesive, collaborative, and conscious teams.
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