Here’s a vexing paradox. On the one hand, companies are offering more wellness and well-being options than ever before, including mindfulness and yoga classes, nap rooms, and fitness facilities. On the other hand, employee burnout has risen to such a level that the World Health Organization now considers it a workplace hazard.
We often talk about fighting burnout as an individual effort — something you do by yourself. But prioritizing health and well-being is easier when it’s done with a group.
That’s why you and your colleagues should collectively tackle the challenge of managing your energy. Have each person write down a “resilience plan” of some health-prioritizing behaviors they can commit to.
For example, you might get up from your desk at lunchtime for 30 minutes and go for a walk. Someone else might take a five-minute break after 90 minutes of work, or get at least seven hours of sleep every night.
As team members put their plans into action, regularly check in as a group to share successes and setbacks and talk about the difficulties people experience.
You might also pair people up as an additional form of accountability. Over time, these forms of support can help everyone do their jobs in a healthy, sustainable way.