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Extinguish burnout–yours and theirs

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Aspiring to do the best job possible makes you an asset to your com­pany and an inspiration to your team, but working to the point of burnout doesn’t do anybody any favors. Before missing dinner again, consider the toll that putting every­thing but work on the back burner may be taking on your life.

Recognize and combat burnout

According to stress and wellness expert Beverly Beuermann-King of worksmart­livesmart.com, burnout is a state of fatigue that can leave the sufferer feeling frustrated, overworked and unappreciated. “The person may exhibit physical, emotional and mental symptoms, and it can totally consume the person to the point where they have nothing else to give.” Signs of burnout include:

• Requiring more hours to get the same amount of work done

• Difficulty focusing

• Decreased creativity

• Low energy

• Lack of enthusiasm about work

• Headaches and other health issues

Recovery requires a commitment to take care of yourself by eating properly, exercising and getting enough sleep. Make time for loved ones and activities you enjoy by scheduling them on your calendar and treating them with the same respect as business appointments. Turn off electronic devices or establish one set time to check messages on weekends.

Help your team

If burnout seems to be an officewide prob­lem, create an atmosphere in which breaks are viewed as a necessity. Grant vacation time without making the employee feel like a slacker. Respect home life by avoiding work-related emails or phone calls after business hours.

Examine individual workloads to ensure that demands are reasonable. Develop a sense of teamwork and support where people feel safe about expressing the need for help.

Lastly, be sure to acknowledge perfor­mances. A genuine “thank you” or compli­ment can help counteract the feeling of being unappreciated that often contributes to burnout.

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