Do you ever feel like there are not enough resources – whether it is time, money or energy – to keep up with all the new initiatives being rolled out at your institution? Don’t worry, you’re not alone. While these projects are well intentioned, it can lead to burnout. “Initiative fatigue” occurs when the number of initiatives rises while available resources remain constant, or dwindle. Even the most dedicated employee can become overwhelmed, and if the projects are not well coordinated, can lead to confusion.
So how can you combat initiative fatigue and successfully complete this complex undertaking? Here are four tips to keep in mind.
1) Set the vision. It is helpful to first lay out a clear idea of what your institution is striving for and to imagine the end result.
2) Set the path. In order to achieve the vision, leadership should work together so that each initiative fits into the larger picture.
3) Set goals and measures. Establish a clear set of metrics and collect data often to track your progress.
4) Communicate and celebrate. Regular communication is key and it’s also important to celebrate milestones along the way!
Take a look at the full article to learn how Northeast Wisconsin Technical College and the University of Central Florida implemented these steps to overcome initiative fatigue – and how you can too!