SMALL STEPS, BIG REWARDS
Let’s face it. You don’t want to be this guy. He’s having a hard day at work and is probably feeling stuck, resentful and burned out. What I’ve learned from teaching seminars on how to stop burnout–and how that enhances customer service–is that small steps often yield big rewards. Here are some pointers from the last few classes I’ve given for library staff:
- Set reasonable goals and celebrate when you reach them
- Pace yourself–set time limits for large projects and take regular breaks
- Look for creative ways to change your job that will decrease stress
- Make rewards and recognition part of your everyday work culture
- Teamwork often means you can get help for the things you don’t do as well as others
- Take breaks and try really hard to not eat lunch at your desk (You think you’re being super-productive, but in fact you’ll be super worn out)
- Cultivate your sense of humor. Nothing beats laughing as a huge stress buster.
We are all expected to no more with less. Demands come at us from inside our organizations and from customers and patrons. Pay attention to what works for you. Ask your colleagues what helps them. As I say in my class, “enjoying your job is an inside job.” What can you do today to make that come true?
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