Professionals working in procurement face a lot of daily challenges, from lack of technology to supply chain delays, with intense pressure to perform. With mounting demands and the stress of a recession, it’s not surprising that burnout can be an issue. Burnout can lead to decreased job satisfaction, decreased productivity, and even physical and mental health problems. So, how can you and your team avoid burnout and maintain a healthy work-life balance?
One of the most important things that you can do to avoid burnout is to prioritize self-care. This means making time for activities that bring you joy, relaxation, and a sense of accomplishment. Whether it's hitting the gym before work, practicing mindfulness during your commute, or indulging in a good book – makes sure to allow time for you during your working day.
Another way to prevent burnout is to set boundaries at work. For example, set a rule to turn off your notifications and not check emails after working hours and say no to weekend work. This can help prevent you from feeling overwhelmed and keeps your work-life balance in check.
Staying organized is key to avoiding burnout. As a procurement professional, you're often dealing with a lot of back and forward communication with both internal stakeholders and your suppliers, alongside dealing with complex requests and negotiating terms on pricing and contracts. Leverage technology to your advantage and use tools that will strip back your manual work and automate processes, keeping you and your team organized and focussed.
Sometimes it’s as simple as needing to talk to someone or ask for help. Don't be afraid to reach out to colleagues, mentors, or friends for support. Talking about your work challenges and stress can help you find solutions as a team, giving you new ideas and help you maintain a healthy work-life balance.
Since Covid we can all be guilty of not prioritising break times. Regular breaks are essential for avoiding burnout. Taking a mental break doesn’t just give your brain a rest it also helps spark creative ideas that you may of previously been struggling with. Take a short walk, stretch, or meditate for just a few minutes and this can do wonders in refreshing your mind and body.
Maintain a Positive Outlook
It's important to keep a positive outlook, even in the face of challenges. Focus on you and your teams’ accomplishments and set achievable goals for the future. And, when change comes your way, embrace it! Change can lead to new opportunities and growth, so don’t be afraid of it.
In conclusion, burnout is a real issue for procurement professionals. It’s important that you make the necessary changes in order to ensure you can continue to motivate yourself and your team by maintaining a healthy work-life balance.