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HR Magazine: Avoiding HR Burnout

By Linda Wasmer Andrews  7/1/2003

HR Magazine, July 2003 Vol. 48, No. 7

Five Tips to Try

In addition to the suggestions in the article, here are some more stress-reduction strategies.

  • Take five. If you feel yourself losing it during a meeting, excuse yourself to get a drink of water or to take a bathroom break. Then use those few minutes to take some deep breaths and compose your thoughts.
  • Budget your time. Take a class or read a book to brush up on your time management skills. Make the smartest, most efficient possible use of your time during work hours. Then leave promptly at the end of the day.
  • Have some fun. Forget about work for a while and concentrate on the rest of your life. Spend time hanging out with your favorite people and doing your favorite things. Go for a walk, take a long bath, see a movie, check out that hot new restaurant—whatever is restful and relaxing for you.
  • Go on vacation. If you can’t leave town, take a vacation at home—just make sure to turn your phone and e-mail off. If you’re able to get away, don’t carry your job with you in the form of a laptop and cell phone.
  • Cut your losses. If you’ve tried your hardest to improve things at work but still feel as if you’re constantly banging your head against a wall, consider looking for a new job. Also, think about moving on if you feel pressured to do things that seem ill advised or unethical, even after you’ve explained your concerns. You can use what you’ve learned from this job to ask good questions and make smart choices about picking the next one.
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