Creating On-Site Self Care Strategies at Work
Published as CultureCon & AACC Guest Blogs
At work, it is time to begin developing onsite self-care strategies. Whether we are in the office, or joining virtually, there are stressors leading to the burnout that so many have recently experienced.
“Burnout is caused by chronic stress, not stressors, the Nagoskis say in their book, “Burnout: The Secret to Unlocking the Stress Cycle."It’s important to differentiate the two. Stressors are external: to-do lists, financial problems or anxiety about the future. Stress, on the other hand, “is the neurological and physiological shift that happens in your body when you encounter [stressors).” We all have stressors in life, and they have been profound with the challenges the COVID19 pandemic has brought forth. How are we responding to these stressors? A larger question to ask, ‘is it the leader’s responsibility to foster self-care at work to address this burnout epidemic?”
Experts in culture development in organizations exemplify how putting employee happiness in the forefront benefits the clients they serve as well as investors. Fostering companionate love at work among teams with relational management is key to building a team that will thrive in times of stress. Companionate love at work has benefits, including increased engagement, productivity with reduced absenteeism in front line staff.
Imagine finding our work environment a place we want to join daily, and miss when we find ourselves working virtually, or off-site. Now think of the components that make that a reality. None of us have arrived here as a place of work where well-being is at the forefront. All of us can identify with being engaged and productive when we love what we do, feel heard, and a sense of belonging. When we think back on 2022, let it be the year that onsite self-care strategies became our banner at work.