Manager's Tips and Tools

by Manager Development Services

Nurturing Your Superstars (pt 3 of 3) “Avoiding Burnout”

Prioritize your workload (see “Time Management Skills” – chapter 14).

Limit your work hours. Workaholism is an addiction no different from any other addiction.  Are you working too many hours each day, week, or month?  Do you actually stop work to take a lunch break or do you nibble or gobble while working?  Is your job the focus of your life?

Identify low-yield work.

Learn to delegate work to others. Asking and accepting help from others is not only OK, it’s a good thing.

Learn to say, “No.” It’s OK to turn down work when you already have a full plate.  You shouldn’t feel guilty when you take care of yourself.  You wouldn’t ask someone else to do more than they’re capable of doing.

Are you using your support network? Are you asking for help?  Are you willing to accept help?

Recognize the “Jobs from Hell.” These are jobs which are one time consuming problem after another.  Not all jobs are worth taking.  If you must take them, then let it be known up front that you will need help.

Identify personalities and politics. Office personalities and politics are exhausting and easy to get caught up in.  Inform your manager if either is interfering with your focus or goals.  Be quick to set boundaries (chapter 12), remember you have the right and the responsibility to protect yourself.

Avoid exhaustion. Get plenty of rest and exercise.  Eat right.  Lying in front of the TV and stuffing yourself with junk food until the wee hours of the morning is a sure way to feel like you’re running on empty.  When you leave the workplace – leave the work – don’t take it with you.

Take regular vacations and days off. Americans are infamous for not taking time off.  “All work and no play…”

Don’t take work home. If you’re going to take work home, you might as well stay at the office.  It’s a lot more convenient.  Why con yourself into thinking you’ll be able to spend time with the family?

Live life in balance. When with your family, your focus should be on your family; when with your friends, your focus should be on your friends; so on and so on.

As manager, I need to keep my eye on all my staff.  Neglecting any member will ultimately affect every member.  By monitoring my superstars I can nurture their success and thus the success of my entire staff.  I must look for red flags, which will warn me of impending burnout or attitudes of mediocrity.  Each employee is important, but superstars set the standards for others to aspire to.

In counseling superstars, I need to be aware of their particular personality types.  There are basically two areas and two types of sessions I use when reviewing these “lost children”; when a superstar is doing well and when a superstar is in a slump.

– excerpt from “Managing from the Heart – A Way of Life”


September 17, 2011 - Posted by | Counseling Techniques, Employee Coaching, Leadership Skills, Manager Development Tools, Mentoring, Personal Development, Self-esteem | , , , , , , ,

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