3. Introduce regular activities
‘When in the burnout phase, it’s normal to become focused on only one aspect of one’s life at the expense of everything else. For example, if a person’s life is consumed by their work, it’s likely that they’ve stopped taking the time for their friends, family or other activities. Making a concerted effort to reintroduce those elements into their life — and making it mandatory — allows them to reconnect with parts of their life that they’ve forgotten about. This gives them a way to decompress and to recharge their batteries,’ shares Amouroux-Huttner.
4. Keep workloads sustainable
‘Work with managers and colleagues to develop sustainable workloads. Most people like working hard on tasks they believe are important and useful, but they still need opportunities to rest and have a break from work to fully recover a new supply of energy to devote to the next day at work. You have to work with others at work to ensure that your recovered energy isn’t all expended by even more work demands,’ stresses Leiter.
5. Don’t waste your energy
‘Work with your workgroup to improve workplace civility. For example, a workgroup process such as Strengthening a Culture of Respect and Engagement (SCORE) can help to avoid burnout by reducing the amount of energy people waste in uncivil social encounters. It also opens new opportunities for colleagues to engage one another through supportive encounters where people express appreciation and reaffirm their sense of community at work. Another way to minimise wasted energy is by reducing administrative busywork — filling out forms and writing things no one wants to read simply uses up energy without adding value,’ offers Leiter.