When you think of overcoming burnout, you probably think of taking an extended vacation, from which you return refreshed and re-energized. But too often, within days of returning to work, you feel no better than you did before you left. If you are stuck in a cycle of constantly putting out fires for your tech team, you’ll never overcome burnout. Use these strategies to help your team become more self-sufficient and productive, helping you eliminate burnout.
One: Connect Employees To The Big Picture
Overwork and overwhelm are often a direct result of poor or reactionary decision making by employees. Poor decisions it can lead to your employees engaging in busy work, putting their efforts into the wrong initiatives and neglecting the more strategic aspects of their jobs. If they aren’t putting their energy in the right place, neither are you.
To help them make better decisions, focus on connecting employees to the organization’s big picture. Help them understand how each aspect of their job moves the company towards its goals, and help them prioritize their work to ensure they are focusing on the right things, every day. When workers feel plugged in to the organizational strategy, it will make help them make proactive, smarter and more strategic decisions.
Two: Create a Roadmap For Success
CIOs use data every day to help improve outcomes, but how often do you use data to help employees measure success and map out their work? Data can help team members prioritize and make stronger decisions if they don’t know, for example, whether it’s more important to deliver a product early or to focus on controlling costs.
By using data to show employees where they need to spend their time, how much time they are spending on non-critical tasks, and how to make data-driven decisions to prioritize their work, it makes them more productive and requires the CIO to intervene less often.
Three: Clarify Roles
Over time, tech teams experience “role creep.” Similar to “scope creep” on a project, role creep occurs when, over time, tasks become less clearly defined and people are no longer sure who is responsible for which tasks.
When people aren’t sure who, exactly, is responsible for a task, a deliverable, or a project, it can quickly become no one’s responsibility. When things fall through the cracks or when projects take a sideways turn, it’s easy to point fingers and lay blame if no one owns the issue.
Clarifying roles both at a team level and at the project level leaves little room for blame games and ensures everyone knows which piece of the puzzle they own. This way, they are all pulling in the right direction and eliminating fires for you to put out down the line.
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