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It's no secret that being an HR professional is stressful work. No matter the industry, when managing a team of employees, there is always a new challenge or problem to face. In the midst of managing and maximizing the professional standards of their teams, an HR professional may forget to take care of their own health.
HR leaders often have a direct overview of how different team members are feeling, their mental health, job satisfaction and various other details in the pursuit of helping employees be more productive and happy in their roles.
However, this plethora of information can also have negative impacts on the mental health and quality of life of the HR manager in question. This is due to the fact that being responsible for the productivity and happiness of employees can make it a personal mission for many of the best HR leaders, and so the needs of the team may feel more important than their own.
According to Culture Amp’s HR For HR report, merely 34% of HR professionals feel like they are able to switch off from work and make time for adequate rest. Only 41% of HR leaders feel like they are able to bounce back as quickly as necessary, and a mere 43% feel that their stress levels at work are manageable. This showcases the constant trend of HR leaders being at risk of burnout and unhealthy lifestyle habits due to the stresses of professional and personal concerns.
Keeping this in mind, here are a few ways HR professionals can practice self-care and keep themselves ready to face the challenges of their role in the organisation.
Focusing on self-care is not inherently selfish. On the contrary, having boundaries and making time for oneself is an important part of a healthy lifestyle. No one else can practice self-care for you. While there are many other methods to practice self-care and improve one's quality of life, the methods listed above are a good starting point toward a healthier and more productive future for both HR professionals, and by association, for the organisations they work for. Additionally, incorporating a comprehensive corporate wellness program can help HR managers be at ease about their team's health while practise self-care.