Back-to-school season marks the
beginning of a frenzied holiday season. But
what is good for business can be stressful for
individuals. Burnout is the state of emotional,
mental and physical exhaustion caused by
excessive and prolonged stress. Follow a few
simple strategies to avoid burnout for both
you and your staff:
- Start each workday with a relaxing ritual. Form a team powwow, practice simple breathing exercises, recite an inspiring quote, and point out the day’s expected highlights, as well as areas where a staff member may need a helping hand.
- Adopt and encourage healthy eating, exercising and sleeping habits.
- Find the areas of your business that give you meaning and satisfaction and protect those areas. Strive to identify leaders within your salon and delegate tasks that don’t feed your personal momentum, but perhaps feed theirs.
- Identify areas where you are being too accommodating, and learn to say “no.”
- Nourish your team’s creative side. Create competitions, marketing photo shoots or runway presentations that offer opportunities for them to practice, share and celebrate their artistry when the normal client appointment doesn’t.
- Since stressful internal politics drive you faster to burnout status, create a communication structure within your salon that allows employees to vent in a constructive, non-hurtful way.
- Don’t do it alone. Nurture your support network by becoming active with both community and professional industry associations, forming friendships with your peers, and communicating with them regularly via phone, e-mail or social networking sites.