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How Leaders Can Combat Burnout in their Organizations

While it is everyone's job to keep an eye on their personal welfare and make sure they balance high performance with time for relaxation and renewal, it is important that organizational leaders understand their roles in supporting a psychologically safe experience among their people.

At this point in time, leaders should create the environments necessary for their people to control their levels of wellness. These four strategies can assist leaders in reducing team burnout, increasing engagement, and enhancing organizational resilience.

1. Check in regularly with your team. The most effective leaders are aware that one of the most important factors in their success is fostering a joyful and healthy team. Stay in touch with your staff during the day to learn about their projects, acknowledge their successes more frequently, and find out if they are having any problems striking a balance between work and life or finding time to unwind after work.

2. Put flexible schedules into place. In the modern workplace, leaders should promote flexible scheduling, particularly for those managing work, childcare, or other family responsibilities. Due to the increased demands on everyone in today's workforce, leaders must provide their staff flexibility in determining their own schedules in order to prevent burnout and tiredness.

3. Offer health benefits. Right now, leaders must do everything in their power to help their staff by providing benefits that actually matter, especially those for health and wellness. Leaders should think about developing wellness programs that let staff members benefit from stress-relieving activities like physical activity, yoga, meditation, and personal health coaching.

4. Encourage the team to maintain a true work/life balance. People currently balance a lot between their personal and professional life, and the boundaries between the two are becoming increasingly hazy. People need to be encouraged to entirely unplug during their downtime in order to recharge, and management must lead by example in this regard.

Leaders Can Make the Difference

The professional team relationship can be the cornerstone for a successful organization, encouraging collaboration, presenting opportunities for career advancement, and hopefully reducing workplace stress rather than being a source of it. This is analogous to how family relationships form the basis of a happy home life.


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