Overcoming Manager Burnout: Tips for Achieving Work-Life Balance and Maintaining Team Success
Updated: Apr 2
As a manager, it is your job to ensure that your team remains motivated and inspired to work effectively without experiencing burnout. However, it is possible for you to experience burnout as well. A variety of factors can cause burnout, such as feeling constant pressure from superiors, physical and emotional drain from working with and supervising employees, and having a lot of work on your plate. If you are not careful, you may snap at your employees and feel irritable towards them. This can be detrimental to your team's productivity and success.
To cope with burnout as a manager, it is important to identify the root causes of your feelings. Common causes of burnout for managers include the need to be always accessible to your team, pressure from employees and team members, and general stress. Once you have identified the source of the pressure, you can take steps to address it and find solutions.
One way to deal with burnout is to take a break and step back from your work. It is important to take time to recharge and recover, especially if you have been working long hours without a break. This can include taking time off, taking holiday days, or simply taking a few hours for yourself to relax and unwind. It is important to prioritise your own well-being and make time for rest and relaxation.
You should also try to identify the source of the pressure you are feeling and address it. For example, if you are being bombarded with requests and questions from your employees, you can set boundaries and communicate clearly with them about what you expect and need. This can include setting specific times for meetings and check-ins or delegating tasks to other team members to spread out the workload.
Besides addressing work-related factors, it is important to evaluate your personal life outside of work. Make sure that your outside activities and relationships are not adding to your stress level. It may be necessary to make some adjustments or even overhaul certain aspects of your personal life in order to manage your stress. This can include things like cutting back on extracurricular activities, setting boundaries with friends and family, or managing your time more effectively.
Another effective way to deal with burnout as a manager is to seek support from others. This can include seeking guidance and advice from a mentor or supervisor or seeking support from a therapist or counsellor. It is important to have someone to talk to and confide in, especially if you are feeling overwhelmed or stressed out. Having a support system can help you feel less alone and give you the encouragement and motivation you need to keep going.
It is also important to practise self-care and engage in activities that help you relax and recharge. This can include things like exercise, meditation, or hobbies that you enjoy. Taking time for yourself to do things you enjoy can help you feel more balanced and fulfilled and can also help you manage your stress more effectively.
Finally, it is important to communicate openly with your team about your feelings and needs. Let them know if you are feeling burnt out and seek their support in finding solutions. Remember, as a manager, it is your job to lead and support your team, but it is also important to be honest and open with them about your own challenges and needs. By working together and seeking support from others, you can effectively deal with burnout and continue to be an effective and supportive leader for your team.
For more tips and strategies on how to manage burnout and be an effective manager, be sure to check out my book "Manage You!". In this book, you will find a range of tools and strategies to help you navigate the challenges of being a manager, including how to set boundaries, manage your time effectively, and build a strong and supportive team. By following these tips and techniques, you can avoid burnout and thrive as a manager, both personally and professionally.