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- Subject: Microsoft way
- From: firstname.lastname@example.org (Kelly Starks x7066 MS 10-39)
- Date: Mon, 8 Jul 1996 08:00:53 -0500
> BURNOUT PREVENTION AND RECOVERY
> 1. STOP DENYING. Listen to the wisdom of your body. Begin to freely
> admit the stresses and pressures that have manifested physically,
> mentally, or emotionally.
> MICROSOFT VIEW: Work until the physical pain forces you into
> 2. AVOID ISOLATION. Don't do everything alone! Develop or renew
> intimacies with friends and loved ones. Closeness not only brings new
> insights, but also is anathema to agitation and depression.
> MICROSOFT VIEW: Shut your office door (if you have one) and lock it
> from the inside so no-one will distract you. They're just trying to hurt your
> 3. CHANGE YOUR CIRCUMSTANCES. If your job, your relationships, a
> situation, or a person is dragging you under, try to alter your
> circumstances, or if necessary, leave.
> MICROSOFT VIEW: If you feel something is dragging you down, suppress
> these thoughts. This is a weakness. Drink more coffee. (It's free.)
> 4. DIMINISH INTENSITY IN YOUR LIFE. Pinpoint those areas or aspects
> that summon up the most concentrated intensity and work toward
> alleviating that pressure.
> MICROSOFT VIEW: Increase intensity. Maximum intensity = maximum
> productivity. If you find yourself relaxed and with your mind
> wandering, you are probably having a detrimental effect on the stock price.
> 5. STOP OVERNURTURING. If you routinely take on other people's
> problems and responsibilities, learn to gracefully disengage. Try to
> get some nurturing for yourself.
> MICROSOFT VIEW: Always attempt to do everything. You ARE
> responsible for it all. Perhaps you haven't thoroughly read your job
> 6. LEARN TO SAY "NO". You'll help diminish intensity by speaking up
> for yourself. This means refusing additional requests or demands on
> your time or emotions.
> MICROSOFT VIEW: Never say no to anything. It shows weakness,
> and lowers the stock price. Never put off until tomorrow what you can
> do at midnight.
> 7. BEGIN TO BACK OFF AND DETACH. Learn to delegate, not only at work,
> but also at home and with friends. In this case, detachment means
> rescuing yourself for yourself.
> MICROSOFT VIEW: Delegating is a sign of weakness. Let someone
> else do it (See #5).
> 8. REASSESS YOUR VALUES. Try to sort out the meaningful values from
> the temporary and fleeting, the essential from the nonessential.
> You'll conserve energy and time, and begin to feel more centered.
> MICROSOFT VIEW: Stop thinking about your own problems. This is
> selfish. If your values change, we will make an announcement at the
> company meeting. Until then, if someone calls you and questions your
> priorities, tell them that you are unable to comment on this and give
> them the number for Microsoft Marketing. It will be taken care of.
> 9. LEARN TO PACE YOURSELF. Try to take life in moderation. You only
> have so much energy available. Ascertain what is wanted and needed in
> your life, then begin to balance work with love, pleasure, and
> MICROSOFT VIEW: A balanced life is a myth perpetuated by the Borland
> Marketing Team. Don't be a fool: the only thing that matters is work
> and productivity.
> 10. TAKE CARE OF YOUR BODY. Don't skip meals, abuse yourself with
> rigid diets, disregard your need for sleep, or break doctor's
> appointments. Take care of yourself nutritionally.
> MICROSOFT VIEW: Your body serves your mind, your mind serves the
> company. Push the mind and the body will follow. Drink Pepsi. (it's
> 11. DIMINISH WORRY AND ANXIETY. Try to keep superstitious worrying to
> a minimum -- it changes nothing. You'll have a better grip on your
> situation if you spend less time worrying and more time taking care of
> your real needs.
> MICROSOFT VIEW: If you're not worrying about work, you must not be
> very committed to it. We'll find someone who is.
> 12. KEEP YOUR SENSE OF HUMOR. Begin to bring joy and happy moments
> into your life. Very few people suffer burnout when they're having
> MICROSOFT VIEW: So, you think your work is funny? We'll discuss this
> with your manager on Friday. At 7:00 pm.
Kelly Starks Internet: email@example.com
Sr. Systems Engineer
Magnavox Electronic Systems Company
(Magnavox URL: http://www.fw.hac.com/external.html)