It can be helpful to take the best practices you learn at one job and apply them to another. One thing that really stuck with me when I worked at Netflix was that my managers would highly recommend people NOT to call, email, text, etc. people from the office who were on vacation. Instead, they recommended keeping a list of topics to discuss with them when they returned. Their philosophy was so much of a project would be moved along by the time they got back that it wouldn’t matter anyway. It was up to you to schedule time with the person upon their return from vacation and catch them up. This approach was helpful from a preventing burnout perspective and allowing people to really relax when on holiday. Here is a great article on some other helpful ways to reduce burnout.
What ideas have worked for you to prevent team burnout?
How would you respond if you saw this advertisement?
“Applications are invited from women of any age, background, and occupation, but they will have to prove fitness and commitment. They will have to put up with real pain and discomfort. They will wonder every ten steps what they are doing but they have the opportunity in an epic endeavor.” The classified ads of The Telegraph
I recently heard this ESPN “30 for 30” podcast about a group of women who were the first to travel to the North Pole some 20 years ago. Their story really resonated with me because it was a disparate group of woman who came together to accomplish a goal. The story highlights their courage, fears, intrepidness, and sense of adventure – all very admirable qualities. Have a listen for yourself here or, if you are more of a reader, the Smithsonian also published an article about these amazing women here. By the way, had I seen that ad, I would have jumped at the chance to go with them!
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