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Don’t go down in flames
Burnout is blazing through workplaces at a rapid pace and negatively impacting productivity, morale, and retention.
B urnout. It’s the work-related stress and exhaustion that is blazing through workplaces at a rapid pace and negatively impacting productivity, morale, and retention. Think it doesn’t impact you or your firm? Think again. A reported 77 percent of people are experiencing burnout at their current job, so there is a strong likelihood it’s happening to your employees (or to you). The signs and symptoms range from decreased utilization and engagement to increased fatigue, apathy, and inaccuracy.
2) You traded momentum for monotony. Once you’ve set a goal, the next step is to make a plan to achieve it. Often, we’re burned out because we may know what the goal is – make more money, achieve a billable percentage, or gain a new client/market – but we don’t know how to get there. This leads to spinning our wheels or going in different directions depending on the day. It also gets monotonous. Instead, allow for creativity when developing your plan. Bounce ideas off others. Determine specific, small, sustainable steps that will get you there. And, most importantly once you’ve developed a plan, stick to it and communicate it. 3) You don’t have a culture of coaching. Feelings
To fix, and even prevent, burnout in yourself and your employees, we’re sharing 10 reasons people burnout and ways to fix each one. However, it’s important to realize that these aren’t quick, band-aid fixes. Many of these solutions will take intentional implementation, time, and commitment to be successful. Let’s get started. The top 10 causes and fixes: 1) You missed the point. Or, worse yet – you don’t know what the point is. This is the first step to fixing burnout: set goals. This shouldn’t be a lofty vision statement either. Goals should be measurable and feasible. The bottom line is that you need to figure out where you’re going – whether as an individual, department, or company.
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THE ZWEIG LETTER JULY 26, 2021, ISSUE 1401
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