Employee burnout is a universal problem. Lower productivity, emotional and physical exhaustion, lack of concentration and recognition from managers, negativity and decline in health are all signs of employee burnout. When workload increases and engagement fizzles, it’s time to take action.
How do you prevent burnout in your organization? Invest in your employees’ well-being.
According to a recent employee engagement study, “burnout is responsible for up to half of all employee attrition.” New Limeade Institute research found that turnover rates were four times higher for employees who weren’t registered for a well-being program compared to registered employees. When people love and use their well-being program, they’re more likely to stay at their organization.
Here’s five tips to prevent employee burnout:
1. Communicate with your employees. Make sure every voice is heard. As a manager, it’s your job to motivate and lead your employees. Hold regular 1:1 meetings, focus on the positives before communicating the negatives, send cheers and show your appreciation on a regular basis.
2. Eliminate roadblocks. Are there any tools, policies or equipment keeping an employee from completing their daily work? Removing roadblocks will increase efficiency and boost performance. Setting your employees up for success directly impacts their well-being.
3. Create realistic goals and expectations. Design a plan for your employees to achieve their goals. Challenge your employees to grow in their career but don’t raise the bar too high. Balance is key.
4. Encourage a healthy work-life balance. Set clear boundaries and expectations for working after hours or at home, time off and availability. Leaders help highlight and define the value of well-being improvement with their personal examples and reinforcement. When managers or executives support well-being improvement, employees will follow.
5. Give them a break. Encourage employees to leave an hour early after a particularly stressful day. Schedule weekly team lunches, go on a walking meeting, or plan a team-building activity or happy hour. Celebrate your employees, and bring teams together to refresh and rejuvenate as a company.