Your employees are probably the most valuable commodity you have. It’s true. Sure, you can’t sell anything without marketing, and you need products and service to sell, but who ultimately gets everything to the marketplace? Who interacts with customers? It’s your employees. They are the logistical component to your company. Burn them out, and you effectively burn out your company. Ashes to ashes – unless you’re willing to overcome the inherent risks of perpetual nose-to-grind-stoning.
Create A Training Program
A good leadership training program will help teach your employees to become more reslient at work. It’s not going to make them bulletproof, but it will augment their current ability to handle stress. For example, you could implement wellness days and training to teach employees how to eat healthier, get more restful sleep at night, how to correctly perform resistance training, and how to move and stand (i.e. good posture).
A good wellness program may help keep your employees healthy. This, in turn, reduces sick days, helps employees overcome stress by boosting their immune system. Ultimately, they become happier, healthier, and more productive. All good things for your company.
A training program can also include stress-testing specific to your industry and business. For example, you could implement training days where employees are challenged to their limits of productivity in a controlled setting. Move them to a point, progressively, where they cannot handle the workload either, either mentally, physically, or both.
Then, give them ample recovery time. Send them back to work, and the usual stressors suddenly don’t seem as stressful anymore. It’s called “progressive overload” and is based on the theory of hormesis – the body’s ability to adapt to specific kinds of acute stress.
Attend Leadership Training
One of the sources of employee morale is the leadership within your company. If you’re not cultivating a culture of recognition, creativity, and growth, it’s going to be difficult for your employees to avoid burnout. Why? Because your business ultimately won’t become more efficient.
Employees will not receive the types of recognition that encourages higher levels of productivity. A good leader isn’t just someone who knows how to boss people around. A good leader understands the complexities of “work-rest-work” schedules to tease out higher levels of production.
Leaders also have to challenge employees, but do so within the employees’ own capabilities. If work is too challenging, employees will just feel demoralized. If work is too easy, employees get bored and actually burn out more quickly. An appropriate challenge level stimulates the brain and keeps people motivated to work.
Use Rest Periods Wisely
More and more studies are confirming the importance of rest when it comes to productivity. For example, basketball players who were told to sleep 10 hours a night did 9 per cent better on their free-throws than those who did not sleep quite as long. A 60-90 minute nap improved memory and reaction times at for air-traffic controllers. There are even studies showing that dedicated rest breaks during the day (yes, allowing your employees to zone out and watch T.V. or even sleep during breaks) helps dramatically improve productivity when they return to work.
Andrew King has years of experience working as a manager. He loves to share his lessons learned and top tips on business blogs.