I've been reading quite a lot around team structure, growth and diversity, as a result I think the frequency illusion may have been kicking in - but its lead met to interesting places.
“Anyone can work their asses off,” ... “But it takes real courage to rest."
- Matt Dixon
This got me to thinking about a miss quoted idea from Gandhi:
Be the change you want to see in the world
- Not Gandhi
So what can I do? Be public about taking time off - absolutely. Remind my teams to do the same - yes. But what about others who are not in my teams, or what about situations where you just need a pause, a moment to collect yourself?
One area of stress, especially in a COVID world has been meetings, endless back to back calls. In a physical world, you have time between meetings even if it's just walking from meeting room A to B - you get time to switch context, grab a drink etc. With all meetings happening from your desk, that's no longer there. Back to back calls can mean not even getting up from the desk for hours.
The idea is simple. When you start your meeting, give the first 5 minutes back.
There are (of course) already tools to help with this, Outlook has a feature to start meetings late/end them early but only on Windows. Also, if there is a 10-minute gap in your calendar, someone could just schedule another meeting into that slot!
You could also try to end your meeting early - but, lets be realistic that is much harder than it seems, especially if the conversation is flowing. Fewer meetings, meeting free days/afternoons etc are all great options too - but sometimes or for some teams/people, that's just not an option.
I have decided to take matters into my own hands, to give people a microdose of calm, a moment to get water, stretch or take a bathroom break - seems silly, but the response so far has been extremely positive. I wonder if it's like giving thanks to make you happier, if giving wellness/mental health can make you healthier?
Can't hurt to try - right?