How to Reduce Employee Burnout in the Workplace?
The mental health of your employees has a direct impact on your business. Therefore, as an employer, it is your responsibility to make sure your employees are not burned out because of work pressure.
Signs that Your Employees Are Burning Out
Man suffering from burnout – Picture by Sebastian Herrmann
Not everyone can handle the same level of stress at the workplace. Employees are bound to feel burn out when they feel stressed because of delayed work, deadlines, and pleasing their superiors. Employers should observe signs of burnout when employees underperform. Here are signs your employees feel burnout:
- Decreased productivity
- Visible signs of frustration
- Showing high sensitivity to feedback
- Emotional, mental, and physical exhaustion
- Getting Isolated from others
Burnout can show in physical form as well. An employee who feels burnout may have regular headaches, stomachaches, insomnia, and fatigue.
Your employee may not burn out only because of work stress. They can feel frustrated for not being able to handle stress in their personal life. Thus, they might struggle to balance both professional and personal life. (Read more about: How to Make Peace With Your Difficult Emotions)
How to Help Employees Avoid Burnout?
Supportive healthy work environment – Picture by Sebastian Herrmann
It is important to know the issues that cause high stress in order to prevent employee burnout. Then you can plan an effective wellness program for them.
You have to create an environment where employees can talk about their mental stress related to work. For that, you can talk about your stress and previous experience with your employees. Tell them it is okay to talk about stress and ask for help. Your employees should know that support is available to help them.
To help your employees avoid burnout, you can take these steps:
- Arrange meetings and seminars on mental wellbeing
- Distribute workload among employees evenly.
- One employee should not take too much workload while others have less workload.
- Encourage employees to take short breaks
- Create a supportive work environment (Join us for our workshop about: Building Wellbeing in Teams Here)
- Encourage employees to talk about mental health
- Pay full holiday allowance before the holidays begin
- Arrange sessions for yoga and meditation. (Learn how Yoga Can be Your Bestfriend)
Importance of employee Well Being
Nowadays, employers are creating workplaces where employees can relax if they feel stressed. For example, Google workplaces are designed to make employees feel less stressed and more focused. They can even bring their pets to their office. Hence, the employees are more proactive and dedicated to their work.
Employee wellbeing is extremely important for a company’s development. If you help your people stay stress-free, they will not get burnout. Instead, they will give better performance and even do more for the company. Thus, preventing employee burnout is beneficial for both the employee and employers.
As the mental health of your employees directly affects your business, you must take the initiative to prevent employee burnout. Your employees will definitely appreciate your efforts and become more dedicated to their job.
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Written by Alexandra Kafka