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?
We love when groups want to work with cardboard. It really is about “Thinking About the Box.” The beauty of working with cardboard is it is great for experimenting, innovating, problem-solving, prototyping, collaborating, creating, inspiring, and so much more. Check out our programs that include cardboard: Row Your Boat Regatta , The Giant Book Project, and Shore to Shore Bridge Build. We have many more creative cardboard programs that aren’t on our website – please call us if you would like to know more. Let’s get your team building something incredible, out of cardboard!
The Forbes article “What Oprah Can Teach Us About the Power of Asking Questions” focuses on the benefits of the simple act of asking constructive questions and, how asking questions can benefit a company’s productivity. Simply asking a question encourages others to contribute and be creative. It is an inclusive approach to business. Further, asking questions along the lines of “how could our product be even more useful?” can engage one in thinking through the viewpoint of one’s client, customer or end user. This avoids excessive valuing of one’s own interests – it provides a more balanced approach to problem-solving. Asking questions helps one let go of the need to prove one’s own worth, and the need to have control. True North Team Building offers plenty of programs that allow practicing healthier communication skills, including recognizing the value of questioning. Some examples are Chain Reaction, Shore to Shore Bridge Build, Experiential Challenges, and many of our culinary programs.
In this lifehacker blog post, author Alan Henry discusses the importance of pushing yourself beyond the limits of your ‘comfort zone’. He admonishes the complacency of neglecting to try new things and falling back on old habits. In his guide to how to leave your comfort zone and why you should, Henry brings up “Optimal Anxiety”. Optimal anxiety is the idea that you need a small amount of stress to perform at your best. Optimal anxiety can be exploited in a work environment to help create a more productive space. Research cited in the article suggests that without enough risk or unfamiliarity involved in a task, workers can easily fall into a steady and sluggish pace or even apathy. True North Team Building offers programs (like Chain Reaction) that will allow you to see how your employees flourish when confronted with new and semi-stressful challenges. These programs are designed to give your company ideas about how a more dynamic workplace is more conducive to success.