In the business world, “burnout” is practically a curse word. If you haven’t experienced it, burnout is a state of physical and mental exhaustion caused by overwhelming stress. If you have experienced it, you know firsthand how devastating it can be. To quote Paula Davis-Laack, CEO of the Davis Laack Stress & Resilience Institute, “I burned out during the last year of my law practice, which involved three visits to the ER, consulting numerous doctors, and experiencing near-daily panic attacks. Rebuilding my life has been one of the hardest things I’ve ever done.”
While burnout can take anyone as its victim, preventing it is surprisingly easy. At Alliance Communications, we care about more than just your customers: we care about you. That’s why we’ve done the research for you on 5 ways you can be sure your productivity levels don’t go up in flames:
1. Know What You Want From Your Career
According to Forbes, some of the most common symptoms of burnout include lack of engagement in work, increased cynicism, excessive worrying, and feelings of little to no control over your work life. These symptoms do not appear overnight, but take a long time to simmer and grow. Eventually, it may seem impossible to get your career back under control. To prevent this, take some time to list the things that you want out of your job, along with what you want to change and where you want to be in 5 years. When you have a clear goal in sight, you’ll find that the road isn’t so long after all.
2. Get Enough Sleep
To a lot of people, sleep is a nuisance that stops them from getting things done. Studies have consistently shown, however, that adequate sleep can boost productivity levels by huge amounts. Further, people who get sleep almost always tend to be happier and more fulfilled. Unfortunately, Americans get only 6.8 hours of sleep on average, while doctors recommend a minimum of 7-9 hours. If you’ve been putting off a good night’s rest, try hitting the hay early tonight. Our representatives are at the phones 24 hours a day, so rest easy! We’ll handle your customers while you grab some shut eye.
3. Take Breaks
If you can’t remember the last time your to-do list was empty, you need a break. Taking breaks throughout the work day can have a big impact on your productivity. In fact, 86% of employees believe that taking breaks makes them more productive. Scientifically, our brains enter a “diffuse mode” when we take breaks. Basically, when we stop focusing on tasks, our brain activity actually rises. Our brains reinforce connections and create new ones, letting us get back to “the big picture” and remember what all of this hard work is for. And don’t worry: while you take a breather, our representatives will be documenting all of your calls so you don’t miss a thing.
4. Exercise Regularly
If snake oil were real, it still wouldn’t cure as many things as exercise. It’s common knowledge that exercise can make us happier, healthier, and more productive, but few people know why. As it turns out, exercise forces us into a state of stress. To combat this, we flood our brains with BDNF, a protein that repairs and protects neurons, along with endorphins and serotonin, both of which produce feelings of contentedness. If you feel dissatisfied with your work, or are having trouble focusing, hit the treadmill. You’ll return feeling refreshed and focus, and might even burn some calories in the process.
The modern business world is built on delegation. A large company might have a sales team, HR, accountants, and any other number of departments. For small business owners though, hiring a full team of experienced individuals is far too expensive. As a result, many small business owners try to do it all themselves and get swamped in the details. If you’re a small business owner, Alliance Communications is here to help you get back to what’s important: building your business. Whether you need receptionists, customer service agents, or even a product support team, we’ve got your back. Call us at 800-555-3738