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How to Prevent Employee Burnout

Employee burnout is on the rise for employees across the US. This is caused by numerous factors, things like inflation, the pandemic, rent/housing increases, and other external factors. Employees have to battle these dire things while also maintaining productivity at work.

An ever increasing workload, lack of recognition, fair compensation or benefits can be detrimental to them and ultimately to your company and causes that burn out.

The good news is, as an employer, even though you can’t change any of the external stressors of the world, you can create a fantastic work environment that supports your employees so burnout doesn’t happen. There are a lot of things you can do to bring some relief to employees so they stick around and to create a great ROI. 

Things to have in mind when considering employee burnout for your team there are a few simple things you can do:

  • The most important thing you can do is first check in with your team and get team feedback - how is their current workload, how are they feeling overall about it, and what are some ideas they have to make it more sustainable for them day to day

  • Next, take some time to assess workloads - are workloads fair, are tasks manageable, how is productivity, is there a better way to do something, does someone else need to be hired

  • Now that these things have been established - look at benefits, is there a possibility for a flexible schedule (can someone work 7 am - 3 pm or 10 am - 6 pm), can you add additional mental health days, what does your PTO policy look like (do you offer PTO), what other resources can you bring in to support well being of your team

  • Some other things to consider - are there softwares, technology, or other things that can offload some of their work and make it easier for them

  • Lastly, recognize successes and accomplishments daily or weekly - celebrate the wins, also make some time for fun (host an outing or happy hour), take some time to build that into your work culture

When it comes down to it, there are so many opportunities to do so much for your dedicated employees. Checking in on them, asking them how they feel and what they need is such a great place to start. Providing them with flexibility on schedules, a better PTO policy or mental health day can go a long way into making sure they have the time they need to take care of themselves.

Assessing process, workload and technology can also heavily impact how well they function at work and how productive they can be. And never forget to bring in some fun and team building activities! This thoughtfulness goes a long way in helping an employee feel appreciated and gives them an opportunity to connect with their peers.

Put these things into place and see the long lasting benefits of employee engagement, retention, and ROI!

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