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Burnout and Chronic Stress

Burnout and Chronic Stress

Burnout is the end result of chronic stress, and is increasingly common in this fast-paced, chaotic and complex world. Political instability, relationship issues, family problems, and even social media are making things worse.

A job search portal reports 69 percent of employees are experiencing burnout while working from home.

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The Relationship Between Goals And Burning Out
The Relationship Between Goals And Burning Out

Effective goal-setting underlies the fundamental aspect of your motivation and keeps stressful situations at bay.

If you don’t set goals in positive, attainable ways, you may fall i...

Reorganizing Your Goal Hierarchy

As losing resources is more likely to cause burnout than gaining resources is to mitigate it, dealing with the negative aspects is more beneficial than using positive “band-aid” fixes. You want to drive down uncertainty and inefficiency to ensure that you aren’t doing unnecessary tasks and minimize your emotional exhaustion. To do that:

  1. Create a chart and place your major goal at its top, followed by layers of very specific subgoals needed to attain the major goal.
  2. Find and fix the inefficiencies in your goal hierarchy.
  3. Determine the attainability of each goal.
Burnout Symptoms And Signs Of Exhaustion
  • Chronic fatigue
  • Insomnia
  • Impaired concentration/ forgetfulness
  • Loss of appetite
  • Anxiety
  • Increased illness
  • Physical symptoms
  • Chest pain
  • Shortness of breath
  • Dizziness
  • Gastrointestinal pain
  • Depression
  • Interpersonal problems.
The path that crises follow
The path that crises follow
  • Emergency: the team energy rises, teams instinctively pull together and performance goes up.
  • Regression: people get tired lose their sense of purp...
The regression phase is uncomfortable

Regression as a phenomenon comes from developmental psychology and relates to how people go back to a less mature stage when faced with pressure.

It is the most dangerous phase for teams, but it cannot be skipped.

Getting through the regression phrase
  • Identify how deep you and your team are into the regression phase.
  • Disrupt the team and create a new “day one.”
  • Learn how to adjust your team’s emotions. Maintain an environment where it is safe to be honest about their state of mind.
  • Aim beyond business as usual, prepare to face and anticipate the future in order to provide the most value.
Strong company cultures

Companies need to create cultures centered on employees. Strong cultures create effective working teams that attract top talent, while weak cultures can quickly lead to burnout or employees heading...

Building meaningful company cultures
  • Build trust through transparency.
  • Foster healthy connection.
  • Lead by example
  • Incorporate fun into the day job.