Last time we looked at how best to use our electronic devices at work. But there is also something to be said for how we use them outside work. Not only for our general life balance but also because that balance in itself will affect how efficient we can be at work. Our brain can only take so much as we have emphasized over the past months.
We are all aware of the prowess of technology and how all those little gadgets we love so much are helping us save time and be more productive… but are they really?
Have you ever found yourself thinking the kettle was taking way too much time to boil or the traffic lights were too slow in turning green? We are getting used to having everything on the spot, no waiting, no delaying, even one second, we want instant everything. It does feel sometimes as if we are approaching the limit of what is humanly possible to bear as far as life « speed » is concerned.
Wellbeing at work is still seen by many as a “soft” theme with underlying tones of health and safety and boxes to be ticked.
Another good idea to implement during the day is mindful working. Now, I can hear you say “yeah yeah yeah…, have heard about that, not my cup of tea…”. I have even heard from some of you who have been lucky enough to get some mindfulness sessions at work that it is all fine and good in the session, quite enjoyable actually, but that you do not have a clue what to do with it back at your desk. Now, mindful working and mindful living generally are just one small aspect of what we teach in Sophrology but for us it is really all about how to make it work in a practical way.
Are you still with me on this mission to prevent burnout and perform without crashing and burning? How are you and your team doing with step one: taking a break? Well, here is a break right now, sit back, breathe, relax and enjoy your read!
Last time we explored how even a few seconds off during the day could make a difference to your energy levels and I was urging you to take a break, to just go ahead and do it.
So last time I promised to give you some ideas of how to prevent burnout and make sure your teams perform without crashing and burning.
I left you in my last article with the burning question (pun intended) of how to detect the signs of potential burnout. As I mentioned last time, once in burnout, it takes 12 months to recover enough to be able to get back to work so this is no idle question. If detected beforehand, it is not just the person’s life that could feel a lot different but the whole bottom line of the company that will be affected, especially if that person is key personnel.
A friend of mine who works in an HR managerial capacity was told last year at her performance review that she was doing amazingly well but they were a bit worried that she did not look stressed enough. Just what does that tell us about what is happening nowadays in the corporate world? We may be talking about wellbeing at work but in reality, we still think that if someone is not buzzing around round the clock, they must be faking it. Where are the times gone when if you were around after 5pm you were not considered efficient enough? That is something the French used to be jealous about. In the French world, nobody has ever been finished by 5pm except civil servants. So could we be saying that nowadays the English are behaving just as badly as the French? Mince alors.
As our lives get busier, the risk of employees overworking themselves is on the rise. Florence Parot explains the consequences of fatigue and how to best utilise time for greater productivity in the workplace.