In preventing and reducing the effects of burnout and fatigue a leader can implement a few guidelines.
The first step in reducing stress is simple. The sharing of responsibilities is crucial for reducing burnout. As G. R. Collins notes, ‘The belief that no one else can help is a sure road to burnout.”1
Support and contact with others are needed to prevent burnout.
Becoming a part of a healthy team environment is preventative medicine.
Organizations can also implement remedies to prevent stress among their members. Here is a list of suggestions to prevent burnout and fatigue.
- A reduction in the number of people for whom one person has responsible.
- Every person should develop downtime for themselves.
- The amount of stress-related work should be monitored and organized.
- Stress and burnout can be prevented with adequate training for the tasks at hand.
- Any organization would do its members a favor by making working conditions favorable.
Attention to these factors can reduce stress and burnout before they take place.
Team members can use several healthy techniques to prevent burnout. Self-management techniques can begin with
- good nutritional habits
- good exercise habits
- letting-go techniques
- personal planning.2
People can do a great deal toward their own health. They can avoid burnout if they work smarter instead of harder. The setting of realistic goals is a must to survive in a busy world. Also, doing the same old things in a different way can stimulate the brain. One of the greatest coping mechanisms that any worker can do to prevent burnout is the avoidance of taking things too seriously.3
- G. R. Collins, “How to Handle Burnout,” Christian Herald, December 1979, 17-20.
- J. D. Adams, “Guidelines for Stress Management and Lifestyle Changes” The Personnel Administrator, June 1979, 35-8, 44.
- Christina Maslach, Burnout: The Cost of Caring (New Jersey: Prentice Hall, 1982), 89-94.