Whether you are acting as your own HR director or have trusted right hand who has taken the HR reins, burnout is a very real issue within the industry. People who work in HR wear multiple hats on a daily basis and can easily become overwhelmed, stressed and downright frustrated. Preventing burnout within your HR department, even if it’s a department of one, is important. Here are some things you can do.
1. Address the Elephant in the Room
One of the worst things you can do is ignore stress, whether you are feeling it or your HR manager is. Look for ways that you can help your HR director deal with the stress they are feeling.
2. Talk It Out
Keep an open line of communication. Your HR employees should know that they can talk to you without judgment when they are feeling overwhelmed. You should also have someone you can speak with when the stress is getting to you.
3. Take a Break
Some people hold tight to the idea that frequent breaks lead to less productivity, when just the opposite is true. Take breaks, even short ones, throughout the day. You will walk back to your workstation feeling refreshed and ready to get back to the task at hand. Encourage the same breaks for your HR manager.
4. Embrace Cross-Training
Consider cross-training an employee that you trust. Give your HR manager a day off and let your employee take over for the day. Cross-train your HR manager and give them a different job for a day. This can help to alleviate stress.
5. Consider Telecommuting
Consider offering flexible schedules, including the opportunity to work from home, to your HR manager. The ability to work from the couch in a pair of pajamas can take loads of pressure off.
Taking on too many tasks can quickly overwhelm anyone. Reach out to our team and let us show you how we can assist you with human resources for your small business. We know that you will like what we have to tell you.