“Your number one customers are your people. Look after employees first and then customers last.” – Ian Hutchinson
Last Wednesday I shared a list of 7 Signs Your Team is Burnt Out and how often times it is rooted in the attitude and actions of the leader. I would be doing you a disservice if I left you with no action steps from there, so this week I made a list of 5 cures that leaders can use to alleviate workplace burnout.
1. Let Go
Allow your team to have control over their own responsibilities and tasks so they build confidence to see projects and points of stress through. Self-sufficiency, according to the American Psychological Association, reflects confidence in the ability to exert control over one’s own motivation, behavior, and social environment. Employees who have higher self-sufficiency often experience less burnout because they manage their stress better.
2. The Power of Words
Encourage your team, speak words of positivity and life into the environment, say thank you. As a point leader of an organization you set the tone each day, do you come in with positivity and a joyful readiness to work?
3. Focus on Well-Being
Take care of yourself. Sleep, eat (healthy) and schedule physical activity into your day. In order to steer clear of having a burnt out team you as a leader need to remain fresh, this includes your personal health and well-being.
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4. Have Fun
Have fun on and OFF the job. Schedule team activities that are not only work-focused but fun-focused, we have a position at Southwest Michigan First that is dedicated to team engagement; this individual’s only focus is to take care of our team. Some may think that is crazy but research tells us by pouring into our team they are happier and more engaged in their work. As a leader leave room for fun in the office and team activities but also take a vacation. Unplug and re-energize away from the office.
Both the milestone goals and the personal life achievements take time to write congratulatory cards, emails and acknowledge how amazing each person on your team is.
Question: What does your team need from you as a leader to feel less burnt out?