How Managers Can Prevent Team's Burnout
Tips for Management
Burnout can be a tricky thing. You work tirelessly and seem to enjoy it, and even before you realize, you're on THAT road. Road of having no motivation whatsoever, moving on the sheer pressure of your responsibilities.
However, there's no need to go down that road. I've gathered some of the most helpful tips that managers can use to prevent their team from burning out.
The first step to making sure you will not see your team burn out is giving clear goals and tasks.
Everything should be laid out in a manner everybody understands and doesn't need to repeat their questions a hundred times, or worse — never ask and do something completely wrong.
Working is hard, deadlines are tight, it all adds up to the mental pressure, so be sure to eliminate the additional stress factor by giving the clearest assignments possible.
It is crucial to allow your team members to grow. Every person has different needs and some people thrive in completely different regimes, but it's important to remember this: don't let your team to stagnate.
What I mean by this is working on the projects non-stop. When every single day is spent on fulfilling the tasks and not analysing the work done properly, people start to get robotic and burn out.
Always take a step back after every project, analyse, let the information and work done sink in, and assign some lightweight tasks to the team to wind down a little.
Too Much or Not Enough Feedback
It's very hard to manage many people, but it's crucial to give a decent amount of feedback to your team.
Both giving too much feedback and ignoring your team completely are deadly blows to the mental state of any worker.
Important: it doesn't mean that you have to control and oversee their every move, just be sure to tell what you think when something worth talking about happens.
Just as for feedback, communication as a while is crucial. It's important to spend time with your team, get to know them on more personal level to ensure that you are always on the same page.
The problem here is that there can be a lot of talk, but no results, that's why you as a manager, need to make extra effort to know your team better and make every conversation valuable.
As I've said in the beginning, we are all different. Different people, different problems. Something that may be nothing to you, could really be hurting your colleague.
It's important to listen and empathize with your team members, as it allows you to create a more personal connection and make them feel heard and safe.
Work and Personal Life
The most overlooked thing when managing is the relationship between work and personal life.
Managers should be promoting completely shutting off from the work outside of office hours. This is the most important thing when it comes to work, period. Otherwise, the burnout is imminent.
Muting your work stuff after getting off work is a good practice, as it allows you to switch from your work life and actually get some rest.
There may be many people on your team, but it's important to give them enough attention and treat them like people, not robots.
Even those two tips will reduce the stress and give you an additional plus in the eyes of your team.