Burnout is a significant problem in the workforce especially in today’s high-paced business world. Burnout, as defined by the Mayo Clinic, is a state of physical or emotional exhaustion that also involves a sense of reduced accomplishment and loss of personal identity. The biggest culprit behind this is stress.

While there has been lots of research on non-executive workforce burnout, it is known to affect those in executive positions just as much as well. To build on this, executives are reluctant to even admit that they have burnout due to the image they have to maintain. They are looked at to be competent to solve problems and lead, so burnout would not look too good for someone in that role. Many overachievers or perfectionists are susceptible to burnout. Here are some ways to deal with burnout and even avoid it:

Recognize It

Generally speaking, high-achievers in any field rarely recognize burnout. They just accept it as a part of their intense lifestyle. Because they want perfection they put their organizational success ahead of their own personal wellbeing. This can negatively impact their own health and, as a result, their leadership effectiveness. Here are some common signs to be aware of:

  • Frustration and irritation usually kick things off with the leader feeling overwhelmed
  • After this, anger can make itself present with mood swings and seemingly random episodes that are uncharacteristic
  • Lack of caring can follow after and this can be the final straw that signals a real case of burnout

Have Balance

Work-life balance is key to avoiding burnout. This is tough for many high-level executives to grasp at times, but it actually can help make them better leaders. By keeping this balance, executives can be fresh and more efficient when it’s time to work.

Focus on Self-Care

The goal is to be able to withstand the threat of burnout and this means you need to focus on your personal wellbeing. Make sure you are continuously working on improving yourself. It’ll help increase resiliency.

Focus on the Bigger Picture

What brings you joy? What is the thing that gets you excited every day? This is your purpose. By reigniting this purpose, often times you can avoid burnout by feeling that passion again for your work.

Control Workplace Dynamics

One of the biggest things to focus on to avoid burnout is to create a comfortable environment where communication is encouraged. The leader needs to make the organization a workplace with minimal stress so employees can work productively. By making sure the dynamics of the office are in order, burnout will be less likely to creep in.

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