We know to look for signs of employee burn-out, but who's looking out for the boss? We're seeing more and more companies taking steps to enhance employee health and well-being, but what about the boss?
Most of the time business owners and managers are so concerned with keeping their teams happy and healthy, that they neglect to see the warning signs in themselves.
Think about your boss (or yourself if that's the case). Most tend to wear up to five or six hats at once, and often we find that one includes the role of "Counsellor". While empathy is of course important in running a strong team, listening to and helping "fix" employees' personal struggles can take a toll financially and emotionally. For example, having one employee confide in you will not take much time or energy, but if this is occurring multiple times per week, or worse, per day, then sooner or later it can have a profound effect on your own productivity, and even your mental health.
Top 3 signs that you/your boss is burnt-out
- Physical and mental exhaustion: constantly tired, decreased energy levels, feeling deplete (outside of medical-related issues)
- Uncharacteristic levels of cynicism: being overly negative towards themselves, staff, and even clients/customers. Withdrawing from usually enjoyable activities, and being unnecessarily irritable
- Diminished self-efficacy: no longer taking pride in accomplishments, expending lots of energy with minimal results, or decreased perception of competence/productivity
Tips to avoid becoming a burnt-out boss
- Life balance: Yes, it is easier to take work home with you when it's your own business, but setting clear boundaries between work and home life are necessary to function well in all life domains
- Have management staff that you truly trust: If the only reason you have delayed going on a proper vacation is fear that the company will fall apart without you, then having a competent management team can help alleviate some of the stress while you're away, and also in day-to-day running of the business
- Take the time to reward YOUR achievements: You probably take the time to congratulate your employees on their achievements, but yours are no different! Recognising your hard work has paid off is important
- Take a proper vacation: This could be simply staying at home for a week and spending time with family, or going overseas. you don't have to cut all ties with work while you're away, but you'd be surprised how good your staff are at problem solving when they can't run straight to you
- Having an EAP allows you to take off that "Counsellor" hat: having an Employee Assistance Program gives staff access to psychological support, rather than leaving you overwhelmed with trying to solve your team's personal problems. Find out about our EAP program here.