• Maureen O'Toole

Spring Break

What I’m Thinking About: Breakdown Ahead

Tension builds. Tempers flare. Employees argue. Productivity declines as stress rises. Employees get sick at work. Employees get sick of work.

I have been in meetings where employees argue, bicker, storm out, or hang up. I’ve received angry emails and texts from stressed out employees, volunteers and clients. Extended stress, financial worries, job confusion, tight timelines, big changes, angry customers – all of these can lead to a breakdown at work.

Why You Might Be Thinking About This: Recovering from a Breakdown is Hard to Do

Once a breakdown occurs, it takes time and effort to make repairs. As Patrick Lecioni explains in 5 Dysfunctions of a Team, trust is the foundation upon which a strong team and, subsequently a strong business, is built. Trust can be reduced or destroyed after an argument.

After a breakdown in the work environment, people may walk around “on egg shells” for weeks, unwilling to say or do anything that may lead to another conflict or confrontation. Unwillingness to engage in healthy, professional conflict or to disagree without being disagreeable reduces a team’s ability to work effectively together.

Why It’s Worth Thinking About: A Break is Good for Business

Sometimes all we need is a break – 5 minutes, 5 hours, 5 days or more. Each person’s ability to relax and recover before a breakdown occurs is different. Encouraging team members who are exhausted, frustrated, or struggling to take a break is the best way to avoid a breakdown. Maybe you need to take one yourself to put a little spring back in your step. Is it time for a Spring Break?

“The time to relax is when you don’t think you have time for it.” Sydney J. Harris

Are you ready for a break? When you get back, the Sandbox Group is ready to help make your work WORK.

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