Preventing employee burnout at work
We live in a day and age where employee burnout has become the most common complaint of the corporate world. Be it constant absenteeism amongst your employees or being unproductive at the workplace, employee burnout is an employer’s worst nightmare. Before we dwell on the situation further, let’s understand the quick fix.
It’s often easier to mitigate a burnout right before it starts than to work on recovering after a severe episode. One good way to go about the same is to allow an employee work-life balance, that would give them sufficient time to replenish their work skills. Rewarding them for their work done well is another way to keep the team happy and going.
Nothing causes burnout quicker than watching someone else receive preferential treatment or get credit for the wrong reasons. Even worse is unfairness that seems arbitrary. Pay inequality, random promotions, capricious recognition—all of these things can create animosity or a sense of despair in an employee. They’re made worse by the fact that, in most cases, the employee must bottle up their feelings of injustice.
It’s also important to clear out the objectives preventing the team from overworking or under working. Without a clear set of objectives employees are effectively flying blind, lacking purpose and direction.
Keeping open line of communication and feedback is essential to keep employees on track. This helps them know the goals they need to achieve and areas they need to work upon. Providing feedback in bite size chunks will ensure that workers don’t lose their purpose and can accurately track their own progress, leading to greater employee satisfaction.
It’s also essential to provide adequate employee support. Employee stress can escalate if appropriate levels of support aren’t available resulting in lower efficiency and a higher risk of burnout.
Lastly, employees who enjoy coming to work will burn out far less frequently than those who loathe their job. Why not build a positive work environment for your employees? Stocking the fridge with goodies, having lunch-hour parties, or giving half-days off before a holiday can all boost morale. Managing and reacting to burnout isn’t just essential for retaining current work force but it’s also important for bolstering the organisations reputation and attracting future talent.