Tips for Preventing Employee Burnout

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Recent studies reported 23% of employees feel regularly burnt out and 44% of employees sometimes feel burnt out.[1] It is imperative that employers are able to (1) recognize employee burnout, (2) have the tools and resources to address employee burnout, and (3) provide the continued training and innovation to prevent employee burnout. Here are some tips for preventing employee burnout.


Signs of Employee Burnout


Some signs of employee burnout include, but are not limited to:


  • Changes to mood, such as irritability, short temper, and cynicism
  • Decreased or lack of motivation, productivity,
  • Inability to find satisfaction
  • Unhealthy coping mechanisms (i.e., food, drugs, alcohol)
  • Experiencing physical symptoms, such as headaches, stomach or digestive issues, or other physical ailments


To conduct a self-evaluation or to survey your employees for employee burnout, you may use this checklist. If you have employees who score 60 or higher on this evaluation, it may be time to re-evaluate your business operations and seek employee feedback for improvements.


How Employers Can Prevent Employee Burnout


  • Breaks: There will be times when it is okay to say “no.” If your workload is overwhelming and your manager asks you to take on another hefty project, speak up. Find a time where you can speak with your manager alone to discuss how to better mitigate project tasks to alleviate the stress and potential burnout you may face if the workload remains the same or worsens. Most managers are trained to recognize the signs of burnout and have the experience and/or training to assist you.
  • Self-Care: Sometimes routines can be beneficial. It keeps you organized, productive, and focused. Other times routines can be detrimental to our mental and emotional health, which can significantly impact employee well-being. Schedule some free time. It might sound silly, but sometimes it serves as a reminder to take care of yourself. During your free time, be sure to unplug (i.e., don’t read or respond to non-emergency work emails or calls). Maybe invest in a new hobby or skill that you’ve always wanted to learn. Whatever it is that makes you happy and fulfilled – invest some time into it.
  • Exercise: Whether you participate in meditative activities, such as yoga, stretching, and breathing exercises, or are more inclined for a run or disciplined workout, exercise can oftentimes clear the mind and life stressors. The American Psychological Association provides that 53% of adults who exercise experience self-positivity, 35% facilitates a good mood, and 30% feel relieved of stress.


Employee management has its ebbs and flows, but with the support of Human Capital, our HR specialists can assist you with employee-related issues so you can focus on building your business. Contact us today to learn more about our human resource services and dedicated team to streamline your employee administration processes.


Source: The Muse

[1] Gallup (provided by HR Exchange Network)

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