Be gentle with yourself and find time to recharge.
Feeling depleted is something many of us have probably experienced at some point during 2020. Maybe you’ve heard others you work with say they feel tired or burnt out. Can you relate? In the midst of COVID-19, a Presidential election, and racial tensions we face an ambiguous loss. We are not in control. There have been drastic changes to our way of life and what was familiar to us. In this episode, our Host Janet Pilcher shares reflections inspired by a recent article in Elemental, Your Surge Capacity is Depleted—It’s Why You Feel Awful by Tara Haelle. Listen as Janet shares her candid thoughts and ideas to help leaders and their people to keep pressing on when it’s hard.
This episode addresses questions, such as:
- How can we move our minds to constructive thoughts when we feel depleted?
- What perspectives can help us manage feelings of despair?
- How can we strengthen relationships despite the challenges of social distancing?
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It was the end of the world as we knew it, and I felt fine. That's almost exactly what I told my psychiatrist at my March 16 appointment, a few days after our children's school district extended spring break because of the coronavirus. While the phrase “adjusting to the new normal” has been repeated endlessly since March, it’s easier said than done.
Have you noticed an increase in employee turnover? Or maybe a lack of urgency and focus to reach goals? Are employees taking longer breaks, frequently missing work, or becoming increasingly more critical or cynical? These are symptoms of a team that suffers from low morale.
Whether anxiety is onset by sudden and dramatic change, or sustained exposure to stressors, the effects of anxiety can be damaging to organizational progress. Leaders are just as human as the rest of the team. To move forward and through anxiety we recognize and honor its existence, regardless of employee level. Signs of anxiety in the workplace include: reduced productivity, distraction during meetings, exaggerated reactions, fatigue, and missed deadlines or incomplete projects.
Dealing with the pressure to keep pace and grow in the midst of Volatility, Uncertainty, Complexity and Ambiguity has become the new norm for many of us at work. A key skill that marks great leaders is the ability to effectively manage this and other pressures and anxieties - in yourself and others.
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