You’ve Got a Friend In Me

You’ve Got a Friend In Me

Sometimes the best thing you can do for a coworker struggling with burnout is to listen & provide helpful resources.

Whether you and your team are working from home or returning from the office, all of us are susceptible to becoming worn out. However, you don’t have to remain idly by if you notice a difference amongst an employee or colleague. Here are a few things you can do to help:

  • Have a true heart-to-heart conversation with them. Many of us tend to keep conversations at the surface level rather than digging deep. 
  • Don’t be overly pushy. Rather than interrogating why someone is displaying a change in work behavior, inquire about whether they’re doing OK. For example, try phrasing the question as “You’re someone who’s often early to meetings and turns in stellar work ahead of schedule, but I’ve noticed you’ve been showing up late and have been less engaged recently. Are you noticing that?” Approaching the conversation from an empathetic approach can make a world of difference.
  • If an office buddy of yours is feeling down, consider informing them about the potential mental health benefits that your organization offers. Sometimes all it takes is a bit of encouragement to get the trusted help that someone needs.

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