It's Q3. Summer is officially over and you enter the "business end" of the year. Timelines are extremely tight. Goals are extremely ambitious. Workload is extremely high. 👎
Your team has been struggling at work for weeks now. Then finally, one day, it all becomes too much. One of your team members suffers burnout and is advised to take extended sick leave. 👎
Sound familiar? Well...we hope not. But what advice do you give your team member before they take sick leave? Here are 5 things proven to help burnout recovery in the short term. 👍
👨 Connect 👩
Encourage your team member to spend time with their close family and friends.
This helps restore meaning and purpose in their life.
🎸 Do something they enjoy 🎨
It's important to keep learning, even when it's tempting to do absolutely nothing. This could be painting, picking up an old musical instrument or reading. Whatever feels easiest to them.
This helps restore enjoyment and achievement.
Even if it's only for 30 minutes, 2-3 times a week.
This helps restore mood and energy levels.
👀Living in the moment👂
When we're in a bad mood we tend to reflect on our past experiences more negatively. To counteract this, encourage your team member to pay closer attention to what's going on around them. The sounds, the sights, the interactions. Our experiencing self is more positive than our reflecting self.
This helps restore mood.
💁Help others 💁♀️
This might seem like the complete opposite thing to do. Shouldn't they be focusing on themselves? But no. Donating time or money to a cause they are passionate about works.
This helps restore satisfaction, meaning and purpose.
p.s. These tips can also be used if you are the burnout sufferer.
These beating burnout top tips are based on the research of the lovely people at the World Health Organisation (WHO).