The competitive business environment compels companies to do all it takes to remain relevant and survive in the fast-paced world. In pursuit of excellence, many companies focus heavily on meeting goals and forget about the well-being of the people working toward those goals.
A leading cause of burnout is juggling too many things and setting unrealistic expectations. However, some businesses and industries call for a fast-paced environment to be successful. There are ways you can have the best of both worlds—a successful business and energized employees—to achieve a well-balanced working environment.
There are critical guidelines to avoid burnout and maintain a thriving company in the cut-throat business environment. These include taking care of yourself first, being okay with mistakes, making things simpler, prioritizing, and avoiding energy waste.
Take Care of Yourself First
Self-care is an essential aspect of avoiding burnout. It is tempting to work long hours without taking breaks during high-pressure seasons. Such efforts are usually counterproductive. The longer you work without breaks, the less productive you become, ultimately getting less work done.
To help others, you must take care of yourself first. Learn to say no and always set your health and well-being as a priority. Seek concessions like renegotiating deadlines or adjusting project deliverables.
As a leader/manager, your team looks up to you and will likely emulate your habits. If you work long hours, they follow suit, and soon you will have everybody fatigued. If you have a lot of people relying on you, take time to teach them to be self-sufficient and autonomous to clear some of your workloads.
Be Okay with Mistakes
Eliminating mistakes in any work process is almost impossible. A fast-paced environment is bound to have slip-ups and challenges here and there. Adapt an environment of learning from mistakes rather than reprimanding the wrongdoers.
It is essential to know that errors happen and are learning experiences. With this understanding, you foster a healthy culture where people are not afraid to try new things. The trial and error process can result in innovations that improve the work process, benefiting the company.
Do not let your team beat themselves up over erring. Also, master self-forgiveness over personal mishaps and anticipate that they happen. Always focus on moving forward.
Make Things Simpler
Complicated processes in any business are a recipe for stress. Simplifying processes and automating as much as possible can eliminate unnecessary work. Too many manual processes waste time and valuable energy divertible to other productive aspects.
To ensure you have simplified processes, continually review everything from company procedures to personal work habits to identify what is wasteful and needs to be eliminated. Use technology to make your life easier for activities like communication, project management, and running reports. For example, if your company receives a lot of customer calls or you have a call center, consider using a multi-level IVR (interactive voice response) to automate part of your customer handling. The tool is an extended automated phone menu that gives you control over routing calls.
Prioritizing tasks ensure you give attention to the most important duties and progressively attend to others. Establish goals for yourself and your team and continually order your workload to reach them. If something is not a priority, consider eliminating it or passing it on to someone else who can handle it. Use specific factors to determine urgency, e.g., deadlines, value to the company, consequences of the outcomes, etc.
Remember that time and energy are your most valuable assets when you assign resources and people to a task. To be competitive in a fast-paced environment, use resources wisely. Never shy from reallocating when priorities shift.
Don’t Waste Your Energy
Your energy is your arsenal for achieving work goals, so use it well. Misplaced energy leads to focusing on non-value-add activities that deplete you. Research shows that particular professions, like finance, have a burnout rate of 85 percent.
Don’t waste your energy on unnecessary things like office drama or politics. Stick to the goals you have prioritized and cut out extra fuss. If a problem does arise, don’t waste energy trying to figure out who did it. Spend more time finding the solution and moving forward.
In your schedule, include rest and recovery to ensure you are always upbeat and ready to face any task ahead. Delegate more to avoid too much workload on your plate.
Thrive in a Fast-Paced Business
Thriving in a fast-paced business and keeping your sanity is possible. Continuously practice healthy work habits that foster work/life balance. The behavior pays off as you will be more productive to the benefit of your company. Burnout need not be the price to pay for running a successful business.