neurontin without a script Over the past several months, I have been speaking and writing quite a bit on two topics. One is the topic most often called burnout on the job. The other topic is how important it is for organizations to create cultures of replenishment. Obviously, the two are connected.
Cubatão When I write and speak about burnout, I typically cover the spectrum from well-being to stress to trauma. I first presented on this topic at a conference put on by Caravan Health almost two years ago. Back then I had no idea how relevant the topic would soon become. Today it is rare not to see the topic of burnout written about or presented at a conference. (Being back to speaking at conferences, I always attend others’ presentations to learn.)
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That said, there are many steps a person and/or organization can take to create a healthy work environment, one where burnout is less likely to take hold. There is no one size fits all. Even within an organization, there will be different ways to assist people. Each person is an individual, so the resources and approaches can vary.
A statement I made years ago, which is still relevant today, is when a person has a solution to a problem, they have the responsibility to share the solution. At times people may have a solution, yet may feel their idea is not the best. They may assume it is outside their role. They may feel they will be shut down. Often, they may underestimate how impactful their idea is. Yet the great majority of suggestions I provide come from others.
In my latest book, The Calling, I share many ways to help people replenish themselves and others. Kevin Post, DO, read the draft of the book. He suggested I name what I had called tools and tactics “replenishers.” I did. Thank you, Dr. Post.
In this column, I want to share some replenishers that I know work. They may be useful as part of your strategy to improve wellness and prevent or reduce burnout.
For many, the pandemic has created a feeling of “I don’t know if I can keep going in this job” or “Will this ever end?” The following replenisher—which I learned from Mark Goulston, MD, who focuses on trauma and suicide prevention—may help. Have each person think of a time that was very difficult. Next have them write down words to describe how they felt. Because the situation was difficult, words used will most likely be sad, angry, frustrated, hopeless,etc.
Then ask them to recall how they got through it. Did they reach out to a person? Most did. What did that person do that helped them? This exercise helps people realize they have faced very difficult times and gotten through them even when at times they may not have thought so. It shows the value of sharing with others what they are going through and, many times, seeking professional support. It provides the light at the end of the tunnel a person may need to keep going.
Since hearing about this replenisher, my colleague Dan Collard and I have been using it and are finding it very effective.
The next replenisher I learned from my friend Don Dean. A few years ago, I did this exercise with the Creative Learning Academy in Pensacola, Florida, who had asked me to meet with the staff prior to the school year.
Here is how it works: If you’re with a large group, have them break into smaller groups of five to ten people. First, ask each person to share with the group why they are in the job they’re in. This helps people get to know each other better. Then, have each person share why they are working at the place they’re working.
When I do this replenishing exercise, I share that the job they have they could also do elsewhere. This sharing helps each person get a better appreciation of where they work. It also helps people who may be caught up in victim-thinking. After this exercise, the positive energy is palpable in the room. Sharing personal stories is a great way to address stress and trauma.
Another replenisher is to start every meeting with each person sharing a win since the last meeting. It seems to be human nature to focus on what is not going as well as we would like. There are lots of wins that we often move past quickly. This helps the group see the wins, celebrate the wins, and feel better about what is taking place.
The goal of every organization needs to be to create a culture of replenishment. This also means helping each person see they have a responsibility to take ownership of their own replenishment.
Try the above replenishers. As always, please let me know how things go. Please also send to me some tools you are using to replenish yourself and your team.