How to avoid overworking your team

October 19, 2020
Awaybot team

Let's face it. Work can be stressful. Especally in highly remote teams where the lines are blurred between work and time off. How do you make sure your team members aren't getting burnt out?

Don't just allow breaks, encourage them

Breaks increase productivity, so why not provide your employees with opportunities to get away from the grind for a little bit? An effective leader recognizes the benefits of taking a break every once and a while and encourages it, sometimes by offering of opportunities that nobody wants to pass up, such as a quick game of ping pong, a coffee break or another type of escape to get the mind off work for a few minutes.

Breaks increase productivity. Super important Harvard study, 2005

Be conscious of work/life balance

Keep an eye on the hours that your employees are working. While it's to be expected that the hours will be long and arduous in this type of environment, too much is too much, so be ready to recognize when the balance is leaning a little too heavily toward work. Try to remember that employees do have lives outside of work, even if they spend the majority of the day in the office. If someone has a lot going on outside of his or her job, encourage them to take a personal day here or there if possible.

Don't fall into a habit of micromanagement

Given the fact that you should always be conscious of what's going on in your employees' lives, as a manager you also need to make sure you don't start veering into micromanagement territory. Give your team some room to breath or else they're less likely to be engaged by what they do and, unsurprisingly, are more likely to feel burnt out by their jobs. Lending your opinion in every single phase of each and every employee's every project will lead to nothing but problems.

Ondrej Koraba

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