Addressing Burnout: Clarity of Career Path
***NOTE: This is a series of articles on the critically important subject of burnout. We offer programs on burnout.***
Not everyone has a map. That’s just the reality.
In fact when I work with many business owners I find out that they jumped into business because they saw a market opportunity or they started a company based on their past skills.
We see the same in careers of the teammates when we work with our corporate clients.
Many employees “accidentally” ended up where they are now. Often this was from listening to others on what they should do or just taking the next opportunity that was a “step up.”
And the end result of this is often having a team member in the place where they don’t really want to be causing the whole organization to suffer.
And more importantly they normally don’t see the path forward and feel stuck. When you randomly got where you are, and you don’t like your day-to-day job functions, it is often hard to see how you will get to the next step. And you certainly don’t believe that the random walk that has gotten you to an unhappy place will somehow, magically, get you to a happy place.
Enter the feelings burnout many are feeling.
Time For A Change
Taking control of your career path, or having those that report to you start this journey, can make a tremendous difference in dealing with burnout.
Think about it. Have you ever gone for a hike or a walk to an interesting place? Following that trail knowing that you are working your way to something interesting motivates you. Compare that to the times when you are just wondering and not knowing where you are headed. There’s a whole different pace in your step, different thinking and a different feel.
We can bring that same lessons to careers.
If you, or your team, are feeling burned out it may be time to reconnect your work today to your business and professional goals. You “why”.
When we teach Time Magicment() we usually start by connecting what team members are currently doing to their life goals. And then we create steps.
For the team members that get it it is amazing to watch. Light bulbs go off in their heads that if they complete these doable next steps they’ll be launching themselves to their big goals. They see the path to accomplishment.
And that – that knowing that you are working on something big and getting there – that increases engagement and motivation and lowers burnout.
So, if you are seeing burnout in your organization it may be time to reset goals. Look at long term visions and get your teammates thinking about how their actions now are going to help them to get where they want to go in life. It can be as simple as a few training sessions on goals and connecting those goals to concrete steps (we’ve seen it work time and time again).
What’s been your experience with burnout? Let me know.
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