For human resources departments, getting through a peak hiring season can feel like running a mental marathon. Without the right preparation, it’s easy to fall behind.
From posting jobs and reviewing résumés to making screening calls and sitting in on interviews, the list of to-dos is seemingly infinite. And with no end in sight, it’s easy for HR pros to fall into a state of chronic stress. To be sure, new technologies have streamlined the hiring process, but sifting through 100 digital résumés isn’t any less groan-worthy than having those 100 piled on top of your desk.
HR departments under time-sensitive workloads are in a tough spot. If you’re not actively trying to prevent burnout, you’re risking its consequences: fatigue, detachment, and general feelings of incompetence. But like marathon runners, you and your team can adopt burnout-prevention tactics to ramp up efficiency and avoid mental exhaustion.
QUICK BURNOUT PREVENTION TIPS FOR HR PROS
When you’re in a crunch (like those days with 100 applications in your inbox), you need a fast fix to alleviate stress.
• Share skills. Rotating tasks and cross-training employees helps HR departments run more smoothly while also increasing employees’ professional development opportunities. When you cross-train, your staff will all be on the same page and can fill in for one another when needed.
• Have a manager step in. Although it’s not always feasible, involving hiring managers in the recruiting process can help take some of the load off of HR staff. Simply integrating them into the screening process can be a huge help, and many managers appreciate being involved. Yes, they’re busy, but they recognize that hiring good people is vitally important.
• Take five. Of course, don’t forget this de-stressor that is tried-and-true: periodic breaks. At least once an hour, get up and walk around. It’s good for your body, sharpens your mind, and will lower your stress hormones. Stroll around the office or step outside for fresh air after a period of heads-down work or when you’re stuck on a tough problem.
• Get some serious R&R. Longer breaks are necessary, too. Although the deadlines associated with HR goals can make taking days off challenging, getting a dose of extended rest is essential. It’s amazing what taking a Friday off can do for your mental health. Time away from the office is proven to reduce work-related anxiety and even physical issues caused by stress. Without those breaks, you’re likely not reaching your productivity potential.