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Four Ways To Re-Energize A Stressed-Out, Burnt-Out Team

Reinforce The Vision

When a team is experiencing adversity, unify them around common objectives and show their effort’s impact on the organization and the lives of others to revive their sense of purpose.

Find ways to remind your team of what they enjoy about their jobs and the value they add to others' lives. When people are inspired, they will look beyond themselves and work with passion to pursue the goals set before them, and both the individual and the organization will be better for it.

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Four Ways To Re-Energize A Stressed-Out, Burnt-Out Team

Four Ways To Re-Energize A Stressed-Out, Burnt-Out Team

https://www.forbes.com/sites/forbeshumanresourcescouncil/2018/08/06/four-ways-to-re-energize-a-stressed-out-burnt-out-team/

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Have Fun Together

During times of stress, intentionally building relationships and creating positive experiences within your team is vital.

Plan team-building activities, or even a simple happy hour. Incorporating fun activities into your team’s work-life will help them feel less overwhelmed by the stressors of the work environment.

Fight For Your Team

Ensure your team knows through your actions and words that you have their backs. 

Whether it's ensuring resources or acknowledgment for their efforts, standing up for your employees shows them that you are focused on their well-being and recognize their value. This builds loyalty and trust, and it certainly improves morale on your team and contributes to a more positive working environment, especially in periods of crisis.

Create a Positive Subculture

The dominant culture of an organization can be stressful for your team, but as a leader, you can create a more positive subculture for your employees. A subculture forms when a group within a larger society has its own shared set of customs, attitudes, and values.

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To motivate and inspire performance, a leader must be:

  • Visionary: providing a clear picture of the future and being able to communicate it to the team.
  • Enhancing: creating positive individual relationships along with team relationships.
  • Driver: completing things on time and being accountable for personal and group performance.
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Encourage Employees To Move Their Bodies

To reduce stress in the workplace and increase focus and clarity, encourage your team members to do some physical activity. Physical activity such as yoga and running is also a good way for staff to learn how to pace themselves at work.

You can also set some reminders every two hours for your team members to stand up, stretch and rest their eyes by looking out of the window.

Offer a Flexible Work Environment

Allow your team members flexibility by not monitoring them often, if their work is completed by specific deadlines. Remember that salary is not everything.

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