The Dangers Of Burnout For Founders During Sustained Uncertainty

Written by Natalie Loser, founder of AccessAlly, The #1 WordPress course and membership solution for industry leaders.

Dealing with burnout as a company founder can be exhausting. Oftentimes, leaders are expected to understand everything and never show any weaknesses.

In this article, we’ll look at ways founders and small business owners can overcome burnout during uncertain times like the one we live in right now.

Why Exhausted Founders Have to Act Fast

If you’re feeling overwhelmed, it’s time to take action. Fatigue doesn’t go away on its own, and you need to reverse course before it’s too late. You need to create an active plan that allows you and your company to recover from burnout while minimizing the impact on existing employees or customers.

If you don’t pay attention to your fatigue at the first signs, you may inadvertently push senior employees to quit, or even reduce your company’s revenue and have to lay off employees. This is because as a founder, you are the leader of your company, and your energy is important to keep everyone on your team moving forward together.

Of course, preventing burnout is the best approach. One of the biggest factors in helping any corporate leader avoid burnout is having a good support system around them — whether that’s friends and family outside of work or an advisory board made up of other professionals who know what they’re going through. Having someone else know that things are not going well can help prevent further fatigue and exhaustion.

How does uncertainty affect morale?

If you’ve been overwhelmed as a founder, everyone in your company probably already knows or feels the same way. Whenever there is burnout in a company, morale is the first thing to lose – especially during a protracted pandemic, ongoing natural disasters and all kinds of other upheavals we’ve been dealing with collectively for the past few years.

Seeing what is happening in the world around them every day can negatively affect employees, especially in companies that do not have the resources to support their employees or customers in times of uncertainty, such as therapists or other health professionals.

How employees react during uncertainty

It may seem obvious but when leaders show signs of fatigue, it makes sense for employees to follow suit because they view the company’s leaders as role models. The best way out is not to force people to work through it.

Instead, it is important to give employees time off for self-care or offer mental health days. Offering regular breaks during stressful times is one way to help people avoid fatigue. Give them a chance to spend more quality time with their families doing activities they enjoy.

Employees also need an outlet where they can share their concerns about what is happening around them and how the company plans to deal with things if necessary. This can be through chats or internal meetings – whichever works best! Organizations are also smart about having some sort of crisis management plan ahead of time including who will do what in each department if people need to be absent for long periods of time.

How can founders give themselves a blessing

As a founder, you need to “put your oxygen mask on first before helping others.” This may seem counter to your nature because you often care about everyone on your team while also making sure that customers are a priority. But if you’re not able to rest and take care of yourself before the burnout gets out of hand, there’s no one to keep the company going.

Here are some of the most popular ways founders have been able to get back on their feet after exhaustion:

• Eat well, get some exercise, and make sure you get enough sleep. Take a break from work, even if it’s only for an hour or two each day. Use this time to do something relaxing that you enjoy.

• Don’t scroll the news or social media, and give your mind a break by not worrying about your work for a few hours each day. Even better, if you are able to get away for whole days at a time, to really give yourself a break from work.

• If you feel overwhelmed or stressed, talk to someone about it, whether it’s your wife, friend or therapist. It can be really helpful to have someone you talk to who understands what you’re going through and can provide some support.

It’s also important to remember that things will calm down eventually and that you can take things one day at a time. You don’t need to make any big decisions that will affect your company’s future right now when you’re exhausted. Instead, take a break and you’ll gain a fresh perspective that may help you make better decisions in the long run.


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