Leadership Improvement Dealing with Staff Burnout

written on June 03, 2010 by Dennis Sommer

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For most of us, our business and personal life has been crazy for the last couple of years.  Your working 12 to 16 hours a day and working your staff just as hard to keep your business going.  Have you ever thought, you could improve your leadership and business results by giving your staff some time off, avoiding staff burnout ?

I was reminded of this before the Cleveland Cavaliers game against Milwaukee.  We turned on the TV to find both Lebron James and Daniel Gibson would not be playing.  Coach Mike Brown had told Daniel Gibson to take off as m uch time as he needed for the birth of his first child.  He was also going to sit Lebron James for one of two games to give him some rest. Why would he do this?  Mike Brown is not focused on the short term win, he wants to win the championship.  He wants his team to be physically and mentally in top form.

Are you thinking about the short term work piling up or the long term success of your business ?

You need to do something if you notice these signs:

-- Lower staff morale

-- Lower customer satisfaction

-- Above average sick time taken

-- Work is not getting done as fast

-- Work quality is lower than normal

-- Your staff looks like a bunch of zombies walking around

To improve your business for the long term, it might be time to give your staff some time off.  Give them an unexpected paid day off.  For those that have been going above and beyond to make you successful, give them a paid week off.

The result will be a staff that is refreshed mentally and physically.  Their work production will increase and help improve your leadership and business success.

 

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