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| FORUM | HEALTH MANAGEMENT Burned out: in 2008, workers were on sick leave for a total of 10 million days for burnout reasons. This is the equivalent of 40,000 people not showing up for work for an entire year. Photo: Andreas P/Fotolia schedule. Especially those persons who are at risk of having a On-boarding and preparing for new tasks: Make sure that burnout must rediscover the way to derive energy from their employees are given enough time and opportunity to familiarize surroundings, from special moments during short breaks. Our themselves with a new assignment. Some co-workers learn organism is like a bathtub full of energy: the power-draining quickly after being tossed into the deep end of the pool, but this activities draw water out of the tub until it is dry. It is therefore comes at a high price. In a few simple ways, the transition to a important to replenish the energy through power-generating new workplace can be smoothened for employees, and that will activities and relaxation on a regular basis. make the new assignment that much easier to tackle. Provide the right equipment and supplies: Make sure An ‘energy exchange’ to lighten the load employees are equipped with the necessary tools and supplies. When it comes to delegating, the question should be: “Do I really Good quality saves time, shows respect and appreciation, and have to do everything myself or is it OK to ask for help?” Depending has a motivating effect. on the position within an organization, there are more or fewer Positive work climate and leadership: Keep your office possibilities for delegating. It’s often worth it to look around within environment open and positive, and show fair and respectful your circle of colleagues. Certain tasks require lots of energy, and leadership in supervisory roles. some colleagues will thrive on them, so get them involved. Or it Determinism vs. participation: Involve co-workers in could be the other way round. Setting up an ‘energy exchange’ for developing operational solutions. Their experience and the team is one way to share the workload, improve teamwork and pragmatic approach, and the important information they achieve better results. Based on which conditions can have a contribute, underscore the fact that they are actually the negative influence on the issue of burnout, we can derive the experts when it comes to implementation and that they have positive aspects from looking at the other side of the coin. This in the keys to solutions. turn leads to the conclusion that management has an obligation to Roles and responsibilities: Always be clear on who is respon- create an environment that reduces the risk of burnout. A check- sible for what. Take the time to clarify areas of responsibility, list can help: tasks and roles, Support co-workers when they feel something Clear objectives: Make sure that employees have goals they is not clear, when there are uncertainties and/or conflicts. can understand, own and achieve with the means at their Which measures are conducive to preserving the health of co- disposal. What has to be done by when? Are the necessary workers and preventing burnout? What can a company do to resources and tools available to achieve the goals? Are the prepare a co-worker for his or her role and responsibilities? What goals necessary, realistic, achievable? measures and incentives have a preventive effect? What support Scope for decision and actions: Make sure that co-workers can be given to burnout candidates or victims? A few examples: have the decision and budget authority that is commensurate Leadership training or workshops to prepare for a leadership with their roles and responsibilities. If there are non-negotiable or supervisory role as a mandatory exercise. Besides talent, it requirements in the way tasks must be completed, this must takes skill and knowledge to lead effectively and positively. be discussed beforehand. Specialization training (to hone expertise and confidence). 10 GLOBAL CLEANING | April 2014  


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