One of the top stressors in life is work. People struggle to find ways to manage their stress and mental health, which leads to burnout down the line. Human Resource professionals work with every department of a company, forcing them to be great at juggling different tasks and needs. HR professionals are often the ones who create and implement wellness and mental health programs for a business and yet often experience burnout themselves. Here are some ways to help stop burnout among HR professionals.

Cross-Train Employees

Many people who work in HR execute various types of tasks. However, they still may be the sole person trained on a specific project or job, causing them too much stress and anxiety. A great way to reduce the risk of burnout is to cross-train your HR employees to ensure that there is more than one person capable of completing a particular duty. This will help to reduce the stress employees feel so they can take any necessary time for breaks or even vacations. When one person feels overwhelmed, the team can pitch in and take over duties for one another to reduce their stress.

Encourage Breaks – Especially Vacation

The reason to cross-train employees is to allow time for workers to alternate their breaks. Short 10 to 15-minute breaks are essential for people to take a moment to relax and regroup. However, longer breaks are just as important. Only one in three Canadians take their full vacation time, while 47% of Americans don’t take their full time. Vacations help people recharge and gain new perspectives and experiences, which is beneficial for companies. Vacations also help reduce the chance of burnout, which is caused by stress over a long period of time.

Ask For Help

It can feel like you have to do everything when it comes to your career in HR. Since HR work is done outside any other department, it can be easy to forget that you have access to more than just your HR team for assistance. When you need help with gathering data about possible inefficiencies within a specific department, ask that team for assistance. Another way to reduce stress and manage your workload is to have managers help with the details of the interview process. This can be beneficial for you as well as help to find the best candidate. Asking for help and using your resources can help to reduce the day to day stresses you may feel.