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Self-protection for those at risk of burn-out

People who present themselves as givers are very valuable for a company on the one hand, but on the other hand they are a ticking time bomb due to the increased risk of burn-out.

As a manager, you are particularly challenged here... Because these employees have to be protected from themselves, so to speak. The danger of exploitation and the resulting overwork and exhaustion are omnipresent. If, on the other hand, they do not manage their workload, enormous stress is added. This is the beginning of a vicious circle of conflict, dissatisfaction and self-punishment.

How to escape?

So they go from being givers to being needy. For a team, this has huge implications and the leader's skills come under scrutiny. How do they act? How do they react? What is offered, implemented and changed for the employee concerned? What is done for the team?

In this dilemma, it is difficult as a leader to do the "right thing". On the one hand, the enormous manpower is a great support in coping with the daily tasks, but on the other hand, this is exactly where the responsibility for each individual employee lies with the manager.

What can one do? How does one behave?

First and foremost, it is important to show the employee understanding and support in individual discussions and to look together for solutions in everyday life. What could help to adjust the workload to the available resources? Which tasks encourage the behaviour of overtaxing oneself? Which tasks lead to joyful feelings of success? Where are the strengths, where are the weaknesses? What communication should take place with the team and other departments?

The more transparent the communication, the more promising the implementation of the measures introduced. This requires not only the courage of the employee, but also of the manager.

It is a challenging situation for all involved - there is the danger that emotions are triggered on all sides, which have to be recognised and dealt with as a result.

What can help?

In this situation, coaching is a great support - it strengthens the manager, brings clarity to the employee concerned and promotes team cohesion. In this way, a risk-laden situation holds great opportunities for very good development and growth of each individual but also of the team through transparency and open communication.


Coaching can support you on your journey to becoming the best leader - internally in the company or privately on a personal level. A 6-week or 6-month individually oriented coaching concept leads you optimally to directly visible and tangible successes.

Contact me to start your journey into a fulfilled future

Nicole Dildei Coaching

+49 157 58 267 427

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