Burnout at work – boss edition
How to address your boss’s burnout
Lead with empathy
Check in with an ask
Name the impact
- He needed his team’s enthusiasm to infect customers with the same. But Clara’s micromanaging was creating anxiety which was tempering their enthusiasm.
- His team’s spirit of experimentation was being hampered by Clara’s quickness to anger. Their fear of her temper was pushing them to make only safe (boring) choices—not the bold ones he needed.
- He was striving to empower his team to make decisions. But Clara’s micromanagement was encouraging them to “check” every decision with him—which was exhausting and inefficient.
Offer to partner
- Offer to be an extra set of eyes on the full list of their priorities—maybe you can help them cross a few items off or postpone something for a month.
- Spot a piece of work on their list that you have the capacity and skill to take on, and offer to do so.
- Share a few of your favorite rest-and-recharge strategies – maybe your boss needs a reminder of the importance of taking quick breaks throughout the day.
- Ask if there’s anything you can do differently to help minimize their stress or anxiety. Would a brief, daily update email from you offer assurances that all is on track?