This is about teamwork, though of a different kind. This article focuses on an area of work where teamwork can be critical and yet overlooked. This is not about helping meet a deadline or achieve a joint goal, this is about helping each other survive. This means using teamwork to address workplace burnout.
We probably all know people who have left because they couldn’t “handle it.” Maybe they went to a different company, maybe they got sick and took sick leave, maybe they get fired because they couldn't get the work done. Thinking about these folks, did we know they were getting burned out? Did we think they could just handle it on their own? Did we even care, while fighting our individual burn out?
This article doesn’t solve all the problems, but there are some really good tips that extend the concept of teamwork beyond business needs to personal ones.
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.