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For years, I’ve suggested that if employers want optimal performance from their employees (translated to optimal business performance), they should employees like high-performance athletes:

  • ·         Be sure to include periods of rest and recovery within the day, across a week, months and year. (Encourage people to take breaks during the day. Encourage them to take vacation.)
  • ·         If a period of high volume (a relatively large amount of work hours) is required, know that intensity (work speed and perhaps accuracy) will be reduced.
  • ·         A period of high intensity (high work speed and accuracy) needs to be relatively short or include ample rest intervals.
  • ·         If you want a high performing business (i.e. highly profitable), develop strategies of loading and unloading work for employees to accommodate customer needs, yet yield high employee productivity. This is similar to planning peak performance for racing.
  • ·         Know that extended periods of high intensity combined with high volume will eventually yield lower performance, illness or injury. Any of the three, or combination of them, will be costly your business.
  • ·         If you tell your employees they need to go fast and furious for a period of time (run a 5K) do not inform them at the finish line that the fast and furious time has been extended for some extended time. (You’ll need to run that 5K pace for a full marathon now.)


Is job burnout basically the same as “overtraining”?


Would your business perform better, perhaps achieve new PR performance, if you treated your employees like athletes?

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