When the Boss is Burned Out


What to do When the Boss is Burned Out

Steps to Take Yourself

  1. Practice self-care. Working in a tense environment can affect your health, so stick to a lifestyle that will keep you strong and fit. Eat a balanced diet and exercise regularly. Manage stress and aim for at least 7 hours of sleep each night.
  2. Have fun. Studies show that burnout can be highly contagious. Boost your spirits by looking on the bright side and finding opportunities to laugh. It also helps to engage in activities that engage your creativity.
  3. Consult your colleagues. Find out what your coworkers are thinking. You may be able to work together to share support and make the atmosphere more pleasant.
  4. Find a mentor. If your boss is distancing themselves at least temporarily, you may want to look for other sources of mentoring and coaching. Learn How to revive your personal network in case you’ve dropped the ball with your connections. Make new connections through social media and industry events.
  5. Explore other resources. What if the situation is more than you and your coworkers can handle? Research your options. You may want to ask your HR Department to intervene or you may want to talk with a professional Therapist.

Steps to Take with Your Boss

  1. Examine the causes. The symptoms of burnout can be easily confused with other issues like routine job stress or an upsetting event like divorce. Even if burnout is involved, your response may vary depending on whether the issues are related to business or your boss’s personality.
  2. Talk it over. Your relationship and level of trust will determine what kind of conversation to have with your boss. If you’re close, maybe they’ll be open to candid feedback. In that case, review this content about how to give feedback to your boss. If you’re less familiar with each other, you can still discuss specific behaviors and changes you need to help you to continue to do your job well.
  3. Listen closely. Remember that your boss is human. Just helping them to feel understood may lead to greater harmony. You’ll gain more insights into what’s happening and how to deal with it. When he/she talks, apply listening as a skill in your communication.
  4. Provide validation. Even if you and your boss disagree, you can still show them that you care about their feelings and experiences. Let them know that you recognize and accept their emotions.
  5. Be kind. Your boss may appreciate thoughtful gestures. Offer to bring them back a cup of coffee when you’re making or buying one for yourself. Compliment them on their new haircut. Remember Dale Carnegie’s everlasting advice about how to win friends and influence people.
  6. Take initiative. On a practical level, your boss may need someone to take over some of their usual responsibilities. Assess the current workload and make specific suggestions about where you can pitch in.
  7. Set boundaries. At the same time, you need to protect your own health and career. Honor your limits to avoid putting yourself at risk for burnout too.

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