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4 Ways Your Managers Can Help Combat Employee Burnout

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UpWork’s chief people officer recommends buffer time between video calls, organization-wide PTO and more to ease employee stress. As the Great Resignation discussion continues to unfold in the HR community, burnout has risen to one of the top reasons for employees leaving their jobs, along with low pay/long hours. Here are 4 ways that your managers can help to combat employee burnout […]

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When Your Addiction is Your Work – Workaholism

There is a difference between working longer hours and being addicted to work as a workaholic. When working compulsively and not being able to stop, there is a constant state of rumination and thinking about work even when you are not working.

Workaholism Warning Signs

You never feel like you are doing enough
A workaholic is always looking for more and more work until they are burnout and work takes a toll on them and the work.

You tend to go MIA on people
With workaholics, relationships get blurred because they get lost in the world of, “I’m busy with work”. Ultimately, they end up hurting their worklife-wire, relationships and their social lives.

You bite more than you can chew
There is a very fine line between working hard and overworking. Taking on too much work just because you want to keep grinding and hustling can eventually lead to burnout, affect your happiness, with the risk of developing depression, anxiety and insomnia.

Obsessed with independence
The thing about workaholics is that they believe they can do it all, and on their own. They rarely ask for help, want to be independent and strong enough to do everything on their own. But what many fail to see is that with that comes a deep sense of loneliness that could have been avoided had they just asked for help.

Free time is for the weak
Workaholics bury themselves in work, forget about having some free time, cannot sit still, and they have to always be doing something. Yet, not being able to schedule work-free time can have a significant effect on our health and quality of life.

Worklife Quotes: When Your Addiction is Your Work – Workaholism

Having healthy relationships with family and friends is a pivotal part of our lives. Without real connections, you can feel alone and lost.

While working hard is inspiring and can lead you to great places, overworking does the exact opposite.

It is necessary that you do not lose those you love simply because you did not give them the time and effort they deserve.

Learn to schedule quality time with family and friends and be present when with them. Also, do not let your mind wander back to work!

Don’t get to a point where your family and friends will be asking about your whereabouts and where you have been hiding.


Sometimes, in the midst of the chaos (of life), we lose sight of the things that really matter

– Carta CPO, Suzy Walther (


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Worklife Quotes: You Have Control – Keep Climbing

Let me share with you this closing lines on page 224 of John Maxwell’s book with the title, sometimes you win, sometimes you loose or learn. There is no doubt that in the last one year so many people have lost something – a loved one, a job, peace of mind, business, freedom due to pandemic movement restrictions etc. But it is time we start to build back hope: time to take back control and climb out of the trenches of despair, frustrations and helplessness.

I don’t know what your personal Mount Everest is – what you were put on this earth to do. Nor the battles that you are facing today or have been facing all year round. But the fact is that, everyone has one. However, what I do know is this; win or lose, you need to try to reach the summit of your Mount Everest. You need to keep giving life a push because you are in control.

If you give up and stay in the rut that you are just tolerating now, you will regret it.

It tends to be normal that as you get older, you will find that you become more disappointed by the things you didn’t attempt, than by the ones you tried and failed to achieve.

Growth in Life

Growth in life is a process of trial and error, experimentation and improvement. A process where the ‘failed experiments and trials’ are as much an important part of the journey as the ones that work.

The Lessons of Life

The lessons of life that you have the opportunity to learn will be presented to you in various forms; in trials, tortures and tours. However, if you fail to learn the lesson, you will get stuck, and be unable to move forward.


How to Lead Through the Global Talent Shortage

The great resignation is showing to many employers that employees are looking for more meaningful work and career growth opportunities. And herein is where futuristic leaders have an opportunity to lead workplace engagements to help improve matters.

For managers looking for how to lead better, they need to focus on amplifying people’s positive feelings while minimizing any bad feelings they may have towards their jobs.

The Ride to Autonomy

To lead better, managers need to bolster their team members’ sense of autonomy, including giving them ownership and authority over their work. And this can also be as simple as asking top performers what you might start or stop doing to increase their autonomy. 

If you want to know what your employees need to stay motivated and happy, the best thing to do is ask and listen.

Hibob/ Forbes-How to Lead

After Autonomy, What Next? Feedback, Feedforward, Criticism or Empathy?

“Keep criticism to a minimum,” concludes Krister Ungerböck. Instead of focusing the bulk of your feedback on employees’ mistakes and shortcomings, he suggests looking first for ways to encourage. This is because if a project fails, you can still acknowledge a person’s efforts or specific things they did well. “Make sure you offer at least as many positive comments to employees as critical ones — ideally, more,”

Also, find ways to sidestep the need to point out flaws by asking team members how they think they could improve a project or their approach to a given task.

When you show people how their efforts are changing lives, you don’t just give them a reason to keep showing up to work; you stop them from looking elsewhere for a sense of purpose.

Benjamin Laker/Forbes-How to Lead

Inspiring the Juggernauts

Inspire employees. As a leader, set inspiring personal goals and then begin taking steps to achieve those goals. 

Finally, show employees the world they contribute into. People feel inspired when their leader allows them to see how they fit within and contribute to the big-picture; how they are part of the overwhelming positive force on the world.

Go to ForbesHow to Lead Through the Global Talent Shortage – to read what Benjamin Laker wrote on what hiring managers should be doing to maximize (or leverage) this moment of flux and anxiety about the great resignation and global talent shortage.


8 Self-Management Skills to Acquire for Personal and Work-Life Productivity

By developing self-management skills, you can have better perception of your capabilities. Below are the eight self-management skills to consider.

1. Time Management – This ensures an optimum work-life balance and it is the foundation for other self-management skills.

2. Stress Management – While you can’t completely eliminate stress out of work-life, you can achieve far more in life if it is adequately handled. Properly managing the stressors in your life will ensure that you get the right result out of your other self-management actions. 

3. Self-Motivation – Make every effort to have a positive outlook towards life and work. To motivate yourself, try to make your objectives achievable and fun and reward yourself after reaching your set goals.

4. Organization – Getting organized is an essential self-management quality that inspires you to become productive and proficient.

5. Goal Setting – It is only if you have specific goals in your personal and professional life, that you can measure if you’re going in the right direction or not.

6. Meaningful Productivity – When you combine time management and goal setting, you can work to become productive in the most meaningful way.

7. Accountability – To every activity, put in consistent efforts and religiously follow set deadlines. Be accountable to yourself first, and aim to do far and above what is required for average level productivity. Thereafter it will be much more easier for you to exceed others expectations.

8. Self Awareness & Regulation – Be focused and mindful about the things that you need to do. Make it a practice to listen to others actively and carefully. Always self-reflect to understand yourself and ask for feedback for self-assessment.


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