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 key 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 close 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 tedium and burnout among their members. Here is a list of suggestions to reduce and prevent burnout and fatigue.
- A reduction in the number of people for whom one person has responsibilities is advisable and healthy.
- Every person should develop a standard for making time available for oneself to have downtime.
- The amount of stress-related work should also be monitored and organized.
- Stress and burnout can be prevented with adequate training for the tasks at hand.
- Any organization would do its employees a favor by making the working conditions positive and making the work significant.
Attention to these factors can reduce stress and burnout before they take place.
On a personal basis, workers can utilize 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 personal health and avoid burnout if they will work smarter instead of harder. The setting of realistic goals is a must to survive in a busy world. In addition, doing the same old things in a different way will often stimulate the brain. But one of the greatest coping mechanisms that any worker can use in preventing 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.