LEADERSHIP BURNOUT TRIAGE

DEFINING BURNOUT

​Burnout is a form of exhaustion caused by constantly feeling swamped. It's a result of excessive and prolonged emotional, physical and mental stress.

 

UNDERSTAND THE ISSUE

Burnout occurs when:

  • You expect too much of yourself.

  • Feel like your work is never going to be good enough.

  • Feel unappreciated for your efforts.

  • Working in a role that is not a good job fit.​

WORKPLACE FACTORS:

  • Over commitment.

  • Focusing on what went wrong or what could go wrong.

  • Escalating work conflict.

SIGNS AND SYMPTOMS

  • Difficulty staying motivated to go to work when you wake up.

  • You are incredibly exhausted. 

  • You can't seem to control your moods at work anymore.

IF LEFT UNADDRESSED, BURNOUT CAN LEAD TO:

  • Low morale.

  • Poor decision-making.

  • Substandard management practices.

THE DANGEROUS LIES WE TELL OURSELVES ABOUT BURNOUT: (denying our current situation and/or believing we need to just do more or less of something)

 

  • "People have it worse than me."

  • "I always have this headache."

  • "I'm always tired."

  • "I'm fine."

  • "I just need to go to bed earlier."

  • "I'f I want it done correctly, I'll do it myself."

  • "I just need more time in the day."

  • "People depend on me to be at the top of my game."

PREVENTION STRATEGIES:

  • Help assess workload for those who have a hard time disconnecting from work at the end of the work day.

  • Consider the parallel process of leadership approaches and the impact they will have on the health of leaders and the organization.

  • Enforce reasonable work hours, including enforcing usage of paid time off and sending employees home at the end of their work day.

  • Incorporate regular breaks throughout the work day.

WORKPLACE RECOVERY:

  • Developing employee plans with leaders.

  • Ask leaders how they like their work to be celebrated.

  • Help organize and prioritize work into clear and manageable expectations.

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