Did you know the first sign of professional burnout is a flurry of seeming productive activity and euphoria at work? This stage is followed by emotional detachment (aka “what do they all want from me?” phase) and the feeling of inefficiency. Although there are numerous cases of burnout outside of professional life, work leads to one of the most common types of mental and physical exhaustion.
This summer, the Drofa Comms team participated in not one but two masterclasses on how to detect and prevent burnout at work with our personal executive coach and growth hacker. Here are the main takeaways from our four-hour series of interactive masterclasses.
Burnout is a state of physical, emotional, and mental exhaustion caused by chronic stress and overworking. Interestingly, burnout varies from person to person. For some, ten different symptoms of burnout look like a pretty bearable workflow, and for others, even a couple of symptoms seem intolerable. Perfectionists, people with a high sense of responsibility, and those who prioritise the comfort of others burn out fastest. But do not worry; there are effective ways to avert it.
💡The Drofa Comms team introduced a “day of silence” with no calls or meetings on Wednesdays, so there is time to focus on current tasks and not be disturbed.
💡Our founders are working closely with certified personal trainers to introduce video tutorials on several practical exercises that will help our teammates.
💡We at Drofa Comms try to avoid major deadlines set on Mondays and focus on meetings, brainstorming, and planning on the first day of the week.
💡We value the time of rest and have a fixed lunch break, encouraging colleagues to book time in their calendars and avoid working during this hour.
💡This year, we incorporated regular “work-fun balance” team meetings, finishing the Friday with varying games and online activities. And the team gives such great feedback: we are having a blast getting to know each other better.