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Reignite Your Staff

Here are tips that will help your staff avoid burnout.

By Joyce Weiss

Are your office teams under so much pressure that they are on the verge of erupting? Do you see the people around you turning into pessimists? Are they waiting for the overwhelming situations to just go away?

Burnout occurs when its victims have become worn out physically and emotionally as a result of long-term stress.

It probably wasn’t always like this. Your staff members may have started out in their positions full of enthusiasm and energy. They actually looked forward to work. Then something happened along the way; they lost their sense of control and interest and perhaps became bored. They began to develop negative attitudes and they became more cynical.

They have burned out.

Today’s workplace environment is a perfect place for burnout to occur. We are all too familiar with downsizing, doing more with less, dealing with new teams and new bosses and not being able to catch up with the workload.

Burnout occurs when its victims have become worn out physically and emotionally as a result of long-term stress. Whatever the contributing factors, burned out individuals add little value to your practice; as a result, it is important to help them discover the signs of burnout and resolve the issues that cause it.

If you believe that now is the time for your staff members to make some changes to avoid burnout or pull themselves out of one, make these suggestions. Better yet, why not send them this article so they can read it for themselves?

Steps to keep the flame alive
Find a hobby. Talk to people who have achieved a sense of balance in their lives and find out what activities they have added to enrich their lives. What activities have you wanted to experience? Now is the time to discover them—not when you retire.

Take a class for fun. Learn something completely new.

Volunteer for a cause that means something to you. What goes around comes around.

Eat right, exercise and try meditating. Exercise automatically helps people deal with their problems. They become more relaxed and are able to tackle challenges even after only a 30-minute workout.

Rest. This doesn’t mean hide. Your body may need some extra time to heal. Let your body heal, but don’t use it as an excuse to stay away from others.

Concentrate on what is in front of your nose. If you are taking a walk, notice what is in front of you—nature. If you are at home, notice the person you are talking to. These are golden moments to cherish. When you are at work, forget about the problems at home and look at your task at hand.

Learn how to be authentic and share your thoughts with others. For some it is difficult to be straightforward, especially if they are more private or guarded. This tip is a real burnout buster. People who are straightforward tend to experience less stress. Just think about it: Instead of wasting hours during the night thinking of what you should have said to someone, just do it.

Discover the necessity of positive humor at work and at home. Positive humor lightens the stress of impossible tasks.

Discover what values are important to you. The values you consider most important will have a tremendous impact on your life. Which ones need immediate attention? It is a necessity, not a luxury, to find the value deficit in your life—then fix it.

Joyce Weiss is chief morale officer of Bold Solutions to Boost the Bottom Line. She shows leaders easy ways to increase morale. For more information, visit or call 800-713-1926.


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