I know I’m not alone in noting the unfathomable strain doctors, nurses, and support staff on the front lines of Covid have faced, but while we’ve all collectively cheered their dedication and bravery this past year (and hopefully honored their sacrifices by obeying public health guidance), I doubt many of us have paused to consider exactly what mental and management tricks have helped them get through it all.
Read on to learn three powerful lessons we can all learn from them.
While meditation, yoga, and mindfulness are great tricks to have up your sleeve, they’re not going to be the cure to your burnout. Sure, they’ll alleviate the strain for the moment in practice, but they won’t solve other issues that may require some at-work adjustment. Doctor Linda Girgis makes some great points here as she speaks about what contributes to this critical problem and what can be done about it.
“One of the toughest things about a rut is acknowledging that you are in one,” says Daniel Gulati, a tech entrepreneur and author.
Even exciting jobs have boring days. And when you’ve been doing the same tasks, going to the same office, and working with the same people day in and day out, you’re bound to fall into a rut on occasion. When that happens, how do you recognize what’s happening and counteract it? What can you do to revive your interest in your work?
Here’s some great information from Gulati, and esteemed University of Michigan researcher and professor, Gretchen Spreitzer about how to do just that, including a couple of very useful case examples:
I can’t tell you how many times I have heard from one of my coaching clients, “I keep wanting to talk with her/him (their boss) about this, but she/he keeps canceling our meetings. I haven’t had a one-on-one with her/him in months!” This is an engagement killer.
Direct reports with important concerns, great ideas, and positive news are unable to communicate them in a timely manner, and generally feel put-off and devalued.
Not only does this practice destroy your best people’s engagement, it trains them that they must “catch you on the fly” if they are to get your attention… As the article states, this is a “recipe” for increased interruptions and “putting out fires” on your part.
What do you call a veterinarian that can only take care of one species? A physician. In a fascinating talk, Barbara Natterson-Horowitz shares how a species-spanning approach to health can improve medical care of the human animal — particularly when it comes to mental health.
To my physician readers and clients particularly, check out this amazing talk from TEDMED:
Managers will tell you that employees quit because of the compensation, but the truth is it’s not really all about the money.
In a study involving 19,000 employee exit interviews reported here, compensation was actually third down the list of the top reasons people leave a job. Take a look at the top 10 reasons people leave, and think about what you could be doing to better ensure that your organization hangs on to its best and brightest talent: