6 ways to avoid burnout for you and your team

Establishing and managing a startup is hard work. While we tend to associate startup work with a fast-paced race for success, in reality startup work can become monotonous. You can only spend so many hours coding, writing business plans, and contacting potential investors before your brain turns to soup. Day after day starts to feel like day after day and before you know it, you’re staring into his ugly mug burning. The cost of burnout is losing stellar employees and putting your team at risk of collapse

Burnout can be fatal for young startups, especially when it targets key members of your team. In the early days of a startup, your capital is your team members. It is often all hands on deck and is noticeable when an important hand is missing. As teams grow and startups mature, this frenetic culture can persist even as teams and resources grow.

Burnout occurs across all industries, roles, demographic groups and locations. At one time or another, we will all experience some degree of burnout. It’s impossible to remove all stress in your workplace for every employee, but there are steps you can take to slow down or even eliminate it. Symptoms of burnout.

This process has to start with that recognition Burnout is a problem in your team This needs to be openly talked about and addressed. When people feel they are alone in their problems, they are less likely to seek external support and more likely to internalize these problems. Once the problem is out in the open, you can take steps to reduce burnout for your team and in your own life.

Root cause assessment

Burnout can happen in many ways. Your team may be understaffed and under impossible deadlines. Or, one may struggle to manage their work and personal life. Ask questions to get to the root of the cause of burnout. Do you not have enough resources to work? Are there any problems with your institutional structure or management? Are your employees working hard but not smart?

Listen to and implement employee feedback

As companies grow, employee feedback can start to fall by the wayside. Employees are a valuable resource for first-hand feedback on what’s working and what can be improved that employers would be foolish to ignore. Collecting employee feedback can happen in a group meeting, One word after another, or via anonymous feedback. Take that information and use it to understand workload, work-life balance and whether someone is struggling.

Value people over profit

Think of your employees as your capital. Good traders invest to grow and strengthen their capital. The same goes for your employees. Invest your employees’ time and energy To make them feel supported and appreciated. People experiencing work-related burnout often report that they felt under-supported and under-appreciated in their positions, and these feelings contributed to their decline in burnout.. A little gratitude goes a long way, especially when it’s thoughtful and personal.

Encourage healthy peer relationships

We know that co-workers’ relationships with each other can be either a blessing or a curse. Healthy relationships among colleagues A strong company can foster culture, build employee investment in their jobs, and positively influence the overall behavior and tone of the office. Poor coworker relationships can become toxic and force employees to continue in a job where they feel attacked or find another with a better environment.

Offer comprehensive health plans that address mental health

Work stress can have a profound effect on one’s health and well-being. While the physical health of your team is undeniably important, theirs Mental health is just as, if not more, important. Health plans that cover mental health are an important way to help your team get the medical care they need. Anxiety, depression, and feelings of helplessness that can wreak havoc on your life both inside and outside of work. Focusing solely on workplace effects, mental health issues can reduce productivity, increase absenteeism, increase employee discomfort, and increase the likelihood of burnout.

This is especially true among startup founders. We make failure and frustration and hurt a natural part of the startup process. Startup founders are expected to pour their lives into their new venture, working 100+ hour weeks and giving up everything not directly related to getting their ideas off the ground. It’s unsustainable, unhealthy, and can prevent people from getting the help they need.

Offer work-from-home or remote opportunities

We’re seeing a huge increase in the number of people reporting working from home one or more days a week. While it is probably unrealistic to allow every employee to work from home every week, many employees appreciate having the option available. You can invest in a designated office in a local co-working space. In this way, employees Those who are able to work remotely Have a consistent area to work from. Offering work-from-home options to an employee who you understand struggles with work-life balance shows them that you are confident in their abilities and that you understand their need for balance.


Try doing a self-assessment when you start to notice that you’re starting to feel stressed, disorganized, unhappy, and unproductive. Sit down for 30 minutes and try to think about the past few days or weeks. Are you happy with your job more than half of those days? If not, try to think about what might be the source of your frustration or unhappiness. Keep an eye out for Signs that an entrepreneur is burnout is going to happen then ask yourself “what can I do to change it”? While startups can certainly do a better job of reducing burnout in the workplace, only you know how you feel.

This article was first published in January 2017 but has been updated and expanded.

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Cassidy Welter

Staff Writer: Cassidy Welter is a Chicago-based researcher at a consulting firm specializing in nonprofits. When she’s not working, she’s reading anything she can get her hands on, debating politics, watching the Pittsburgh Penguins, and eating her way through the city’s food scene. See more from Cassidy on Twitter at @CassidyWelter.

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