4 Tips to Reduce Employee Burnout

Your employees with peak performance are some of the best assets at your company. It’s easy as an employer to focus on this productivity without questioning whether your employees are happy.

When employees are overworked or underappreciated, it often leads to burn out. What does this look like? It may feel like they are stressed, exhausted, and becoming cynical about their work for your employee. To you, it may look like decreased productivity. In some cases, it may be impossible to recognize at all. Employees who want to be viewed well at their job aren’t likely to speak up on their own about burn out.

So what can employers do to keep employees happy, productive, and wanting to stay on at their jobs?

Be Mindful Of Your Work Culture Pushing Employees Too Hard

To prevent employees from burnout, you can refine your work culture to promote behaviors that overwork employees.

This sounds vague, but it comes with simple actions.

For example, employers used to put in place programs that encouraged employees not to take their vacation or sick days. Instead, encourage your employees to use those days, so they take breaks and clear their minds.

Apply this as well to taking breaks during the day and socializing. Even if you are working remotely, you can find ways to encourage employees to take breaks, so they are more focused when actively working.

Create a work culture that encourages people to be mindful of taking care of themselves as human beings. This will pay off in healthier and happier employees who feel respected in the workplace.

Give Them More Control Where You Can

Many employees who suffer from burn out don’t feel like they have any control over their days. Micromanaging employees may seem like a great way to get them to stay on task, but it can also make them feel suffocated. Give your employees as much space as you can to create a stress-free work environment.

Keep Business Processes Efficient

Are you having too many meetings? This is a common worker complaint. Are you offering your employees tools to make their days more efficient and respecting their time? One way to keep employees from burning out is by looking at tools for making their jobs more efficient. This can look like offering new automation tools for scheduling their tasks or making sure meetings are tightly scheduled, with only those needed in attendance.

Connect With Them To Ask How It’s Going

The best way to know how your employees are feeling about their job is to ask them. Perform regular reviews and have private meetings with them. During this time, it’s good to go over their tasks and how they’re managing the day to day. Do they feel overworked? Are they adequately challenged? Are they happy at their job? You won’t honestly know how they feel until you ask them.

The Best Books for Business Owners

Perhaps the most common trait amongst some of the most successful business figures is the yearning to keep learning. As a business owner, you know that trends, materials, and marketing changes on the fly. It is recommended to learn from those who’ve been in your position through the act of reading. But where should you start? The following list includes some of the best books that business owners should take the time to read.

7 Habits of Highly Effective People by Stephen Covey

There’s a reason why this book has continued to fly off the shelf year after year, and that’s because it’s simply timeless. Stephen Covey goes in-depth regarding the various areas of business, not just the logistics. He helps the reader understand the importance of improving all areas of their lives, including people’s lives outside the office. This book will learn about the art of time management, improving workflow, and having a positive mindset. This is no doubt a must-read, especially if you’re starting on your journey.

Influence: The Psychology of Persuasion by Dr. Robert Cialdini

Suppose you could only know what makes people say yes, then everything would be easier. Although it’s not possible to read people’s minds, it is certainly possible to become more aware of what people are thinking and how that influences their decisions. In this book, Dr. Cialdini goes over the six universal principles of customer persuasion. The book also helps you, as a business leader, avoid being influenced by specific physiological influences made by your clients, which can save you from making costly decisions.

The Art of War by Sun Tzu

Although this book is meant to educate war generals, it undoubtedly resonates with the world of business. For example, in the book, Sun Tzu talks about not letting your enemy know what your plans are. This allows you to catch them by surprise, and thus your chances of victory improve as well. This lesson can also be used in business. If you’re working on a new product or service, it would be wise not to tell anyone outside your company. Work on it until you know that it’s ready for the public, and only then should you attack the competition.

4 Key Tips for Aspiring Entrepreneurs

What do strong entrepreneurs do to achieve their success? While your business idea may be unique in many ways, there are always mentors you can learn from who’ve started businesses successfully and kept them going strong.

Whether your business is only a vague idea or you’re deep into building your career, these tips for aspiring entrepreneurs can help get your mind in the right place for success.

Understand Your Vision

See the future vision of your business from all sides. What does your average workday look like one year from now? Five years from now? What does customer experience look like? What is your business accomplishing? The more questions you can ask yourself about your vision, the clearer the picture will become. Keeping that vision in mind will keep you on the path toward creating it.

Surround Yourself With The Best People

You may have heard that you are an accumulation of the five people you are around the most. Surround yourself with supportive people and who are doing the kinds of things you want to do. This may mean working directly with them under your company. This may mean networking with people in your industry. It could also mean joining a group of people who get together to discuss their goals. If none of these are options, it can also mean following great people online and regularly listening to podcasts or checking out their content. Remind yourself that these people are doing great things, and so will you.

Know-How You Work Best

A crucial part of success for entrepreneurs is capitalizing on their strengths. Do you work best handling your email in the morning or afternoon? Do you need mid daybreak? Are you strong at specific tasks but could be best served by hiring a virtual assistant for others?

Know how you work best so you can do so with more ease.

Get Organized

You need to develop a clean and comfortable workflow as early as possible in your career. Many entrepreneurs develop systems like the one David Allen recommends in his book “Getting Things Done.” This book is just one example of ways productive entrepreneurs minimize their stress and maximize their productivity with systems for keeping their business and lives organized.

How to Start Working Out Regularly

Getting on the workout grind can be challenging and difficult. However, from boosting your energy levels and reducing stress to losing weight and improving your sleep, there are many reasons why you should incorporate working out into your life. If you have no idea where to get started, here’s my roadmap for finding a workout routine that you can stick to.

 

Buy Proper Gear

Having the proper gear for working out is a must. Not only will you help prevent injury, but buying new workout gear can boost your motivation! Your necessary equipment will be dependent on what type of fitness routine you follow.

 

Start Small

As you begin to work out, think about long-term consistency and ask yourself how many days a week can you realistically fit working out into your schedule. Your fitness goals will determine how often you need to work out. For some, this may mean three to four days a week, while others may want to work out more. Maintaining regular workouts in your schedule is the most important key – but remember, you will not see results instantly, which is the number one reason exercise routines fail more often than not. If you were to go to the gym for 9 hours straight, you will not return home to look in the mirror and see a new you. If you go to the gym every single day for 9 days, and you come home every single day and look in the mirror, you will not see a new you. If you are patient, create a moderate/doable routine, and are very consistent with it while being patient with the results over the course of 30 short days… You WILL see results.

I recommend scheduling three workouts a week to start. The most motivating and encouraging way to work out is via the newest and proven trend that has become the norm which is group fitness. Find a friend or colleague that is already in a group fitness program of some sort – this will help you become instantly comfortable and better introduced to the program versus walking in to a new class as a first-timer.

 

I suggest trying out CHAMPS BOXING™️. Our team is always here for you, whether you need help finding the right workout routine or need the motivation to keep pushing through a class. I believe CHAMPS BOXING™️ is the most interactive, fun, and effective lifestyle workout. Find out for yourself by visiting our website: ChampsBoxing.com.

Working out regularly can be a difficult task to start, but with motivation and determination, you can find success! Be sure to check back soon for a blog on how to keep your workout motivation!

 

David Jeansonne is the founder of Traffic Jam Events™, a nationally renowned automotive-marketing firm. He is also an award winning entrepreneur and business strategist. Read more of his entrepreneurship advice or check out his Twitter!

The Two Main Keys to Physical Fitness

David Jeansonne recently opened CHAMPS BOXING™️, a boxing-inspired group fitness gym, because he wanted to bring his community a revolutionized, safe way to get a great workout in a fun-for-all format. Jeansonne is dedicated to helping others achieve physical fitness success and here are his two main key components.

 

Motivation

Motivation is one of the two keys to physical fitness success. Without motivation, nothing would ever get done. According to Richard Price, the Regional Security Director at Blumont, Inc., motivation is an internal process that focuses a person towards goals and objectives. “In context, motivation can be said ‘the will to work,’” Price said. “Motivation can come from the enjoyment of the work itself, the desire to achieve goals and objectives, and from the sense of satisfaction that can be gained from successful completion of a task, or achieve the desired outcome to something more complex.”

Motivation stems from ambition and desire. For some, losing weight may drive their physical fitness goals. For others, it could be wanting to live a healthier lifestyle or to feel better about themselves. When it comes to reaching physical fitness goals and getting the results you desire, you need to be motivated in order to achieve the results. Before you even start working out, you need to make sure that you are self-motivated and that you have the support you need to motivate you when your motivation runs out.

One of the best reasons to workout with CHAMPS BOXING™️ is that the team is always going to help motivate you. Whether that means helping you push through the final ten minutes of a workout or offering physical fitness advice, the CHAMPS BOXING™️ team is determined to help you achieve your physical fitness goals.

 

Determination

That brings us to the second key to physical fitness success: determination. When it comes to physical fitness, determination is essential. For any change that comes out in your life, especially physical fitness, requires determination. You can only achieve your goals when you are entirely focused on the end result.  

Achieving your physical fitness goals is not always easy, and it requires lots of motivation and determination. CHAMPS BOXING™️ is a great outlet for those in the New Orleans area to receive more motivation and determination to achieve their fitness goals. To learn more about CHAMPS BOXING™️, please visit their website!

 

David Jeansonne is the founder of Traffic Jam Events™, a nationally renowned automotive-marketing firm. He is also an award winning entrepreneur and business strategist. Read more of his entrepreneurship advice or check out his Twitter!

3 Helpful Tips for Starting a Business

Starting a business is challenging, and no successful entrepreneur starts a company overnight. While there is no perfect formula to follow to become a prosperous business owner, there are a few beginning steps that can set you up for long-term success. Here are my three helpful tips for starting a successful business.

 

1. Educate Yourself

Passion drives flourishing businesses, but no company can be successful without knowledge. This is why it’s vital to educate yourself on business practices and industry knowledge. Try to absorb everything that you can. Mike Kappel, the CEO of Patriot Software, LLC, recommends listening to what others have to say, including friends, family, and experts. By talking to others, conducting research and reaching out to experts in the field, you’ll gain helpful knowledge and advice. While you are learning, be sure to keep notes and start developing your business plans. Don’t forget to conduct research on target markets, estimate profits, and find out legal requirements. The more you learn initially will help develop your business success and hopefully prevent surprises down the road.

2. You’re Going to Need More Money

Cash flow is the lifeline of all businesses and an important measure of success, and you’re going need to a lot to start a company. Conducting research will help you determine how much it will cost for you to develop your product and service and what price you need to sell at to make money. Brad Sugars, the founder and chairman of ActionCOACH, suggests overestimating expenses and underestimate revenues. “I’ve never seen a startup business where expenses were at least 30 percent more than initially planned or anticipated, and revenues are at least that much less.” Sugars writes. It also may be necessary to contact investors for business funds.

 

3. Take Advantage of Free Resources

As a startup, you’re going to have limited funds, so take advantage of free resources. Whether you need help creating a website, developing a logo, or making business cards, there are so many free sources that you can use. There are free resources that can help build a business profile, create a website, develop social media practices, help track productivity, and even assist with accounting and payroll needs.  

 

Becoming a business owner, especially a successful one, takes much more than just following these three tips. However, educating yourself, managing cash flows, and using free tools are great beginning steps to take. Success does not come overnight, but these tips can help get you started.

 

David Jeansonne is the founder of Traffic Jam Events™, a nationally renowned automotive-marketing firm. He is also an award winning entrepreneur and business strategist. Read more of his entrepreneurship advice or check out his Twitter!

How To Maintain a Work-Life Balance While Becoming Successful

Maintaining a work-life balance as an entrepreneur or business owner can be very challenging, especially when it feels like you are “always on” the job. Advances in technology make it even harder to ignore emails, phone calls and leave work at the office.

Many people have a pre-established belief of what the “price of success” is, whether it’s earning a college degree or working more hours than the average employee. While these things certainly provide an advantage, the truth is that many successful entrepreneurs create a unique path to success, bypassing the social standards through discipline and extreme dedication to their business. Some have Master’s degrees, others have minimal schooling – but they all became extremely knowledgeable about their business through passion and experience.

“Don’t confuse schooling with education,” Elon Musk, founder, and CEO of SpaceX and co-founder and CEO of Tesla recently said. “I didn’t go to Harvard, but the people that work for me did.”

My path to success began when I dropped OUT of school in the 10th grade. I went on to build multiple successful businesses from scratch, including an industry-leading, 20-year automotive marketing firm in Traffic Jam Events. I did not develop these companies with a 9-5, 40-hour work week. Putting in extra hours to hone your craft is just one of the many sacrifices a successful entrepreneur often makes to get ahead of the thousands of competitors in their industry.

 

To be successful you will have to put in hard work and dedicate many hours, however if you follow these three tips, you will be able to somewhat maintain a work-life balance while also achieving your goals.

Unplug

If you feel like work always surrounds you, it’s because it is. Technology has made it so easy to be continually connected to work. However, it is critical to step away from emails and calls before they consume both your professional and personal life. Luckily, almost every piece of technology can either be turned off or set on do not disturb. When you are continually connected to work, you can’t devote yourself entirely to either your personal life or your work. If you do not set aside time for yourself, you will never be able to unplug.

Prioritize

It is essential to prioritize your tasks so you can get critical tasks done first. Making a list of everything that has to be completed today, this week and this month will help you prioritize. Lists help you understand what needs to get done during the day and getting it done first, thus preventing scrambling after hours to finish up. Don’t forget to prioritize yourself, your needs and your hobbies!

Set Boundaries

Be sure to set boundaries for yourself when it comes to personal and work time. There will always be more things to do. However, small things can be put off or even allocated to other people. If you do not set aside personal time, you will never be able to step away from the office.

A work-life balance can seem impossible to maintain because today’s technology makes business owners, entrepreneurs, and employees accessible around the clock. Unfortunately, we work extended hours, on the weekends, at home and on the move. Are there wealthy business owners who work 9-5 or less every day? Yes, and most of them enjoy those hours now because they powered through 80-100 hours a week when their business was merely an idea. Whether it takes one year or 20, the grind and discipline are significant factors in an entrepreneur’s success.


Ok, now that I wrote this and I truly mean it, if anyone knows how to help me actually do it please contact me ASAP. Until then I will thank and love my family for putting up with me…. and my phone!


David Jeansonne is the founder of Traffic Jam Events™, a nationally renowned automotive-marketing firm. He is also an award winning entrepreneur and business strategist. Read more of his entrepreneurship advice or check out his Twitter!