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Tackling employee burnout

Tackling employee burnout
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Tackling employee burnout
Siobhan Stirling - Sharp Minds Communications for Capital Space by Siobhan Stirling - Sharp Minds Communications for Capital Space
Owner/Director - Sharp Minds Communications Ltd

Burnout is a serious issue in the workplace. Employees who are burned out have low job satisfaction, high rates of absenteeism and presenteeism, and higher rates of turnover than their happier colleagues. This is a big problem for employees as well as the businesses they work within. In fact, in a recent survey 88% of employees reported they have felt burnt out in the last two years alone. You can't always prevent employee burnout, but you can take steps to help your employees through it and make sure they don't become completely overwhelmed.

Why does burnout happen?

There are many reasons why employees burn out at work. Here are some common causes:

  • Lack of control over the work environment. Some employees feel like they don't have any control over their careers or day-to-day tasks, which can lead to stress and eventual burnout. For example, if your company doesn't allow you to work remotely or flexibly, you may feel like you have no way out from a particularly stressful situation or that your career progression is stagnant if you're stuck in an office all day.
  • Lack of autonomy or independence. Feeling like your work doesn't make a difference or feeling like your opinions don't count can lead to feelings of frustration and resentment — both signs that someone could be on their way toward burnout. It's easy for employees to feel this way when they're not given opportunities to make decisions that affect their daily activities, such as how they complete certain tasks or how they spend their time at work.

Provide employees with opportunities to learn, grow and share ideas.

Employees who take advantage of continuing education programs or training initiatives are more likely to feel satisfied with their jobs and less likely to experience stress and exhaustion at work. If you don't offer such opportunities, encourage employees to pursue them on their own time through online courses or other resources. By supporting your employee’s growth, you not only improve their satisfaction levels, but you also allow them to bring new skills and viewpoints into the business – which benefits everyone.

Encourage open communication and collaboration within teams.

Encourage communication between departments. Employee burnout can happen within teams as well as across departments, so encourage employees from different areas of your company to speak up if they're feeling overwhelmed or stressed out by their job. Communication will prevent these feelings from becoming too much and will lower the possibility of burn out.

Set clear expectations and boundaries so that employees know what is expected of them.

By setting clear expectations and boundaries it makes sure that employees know what's expected of them, so they don't feel overworked or as if they are underperforming. If there are deadlines that need to be met, don't leave it up to them to figure out when they should be completed by, tell them when it needs to be completed. Be transparent about what you expect from employees so there aren't any surprises along the way, minimising unnecessary stress or anxiety for them.

Look after your employees.

It may seem obvious, but the best way to ensure your employees aren't burning out is by ensuring they're happy and well cared for at work. This means offering benefits like flexible hours, generous annual leave, and telecommuting opportunities where appropriate (if possible). It also means making sure they have access to resources like healthcare benefits, counselling services and other support systems if needed.

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