There are staff members who are understandably under pressure at this time. I know some of them are close to burnout.
The pandemic has affected those lucky enough to keep their job in a few ways:
- Working from home has often blurred work and home lives, with people working far longer hours than they usually would.
- Many persons, and especially women, have had to balance working from home with childcare.
- The ways that some persons would relax or “destress” have been taken away in many cases – bars, beaches, restaurants, etc.
These same people lucky enough to keep their jobs also have a mix of feelings towards their jobs. They are grateful that they can keep working while so many have lost theirs that they push harder than they usually would. Guilty that they’ve held their jobs while so many have lost theirs. Scared that they may lose their jobs if they don’t keep up.
Is it any surprise that so many are close to burnout?
These staff members are often angry at their managers for their positions. But many managers are feeling the exact same feelings and under the very same pressures. Yet, we are being asked to show strength.
It seems that managers often need to go out of their way to make employees feel great, even though managers are themselves employees of the organisation.
Who is going out of their way to help the manager feel good? I’m trying the see the positive, but it’s getting awfully hard to do so.