You can almost guarantee that nearly all your friends will raise their hands if you ask them how many of them are stressed at work. Why is burnout such a problem among today’s professionals? One reason might be the unrelenting pressure to succeed. Work can be stressful, no doubt about it.
You might be responsible for reducing the amount of stress your employees’ experience. A great place to start is to understand if your employees are experiencing burnout or not using the tactics listed below. But first, it’s important to understand where burnout stems from.
What causes burnout?
Unfair treatment in the workplace
Workloads that are unmanageable and/or unrealistic
Lack of clarity regarding job expectations
Poor communication and support from the management team
With the holidays right around the corner, it’s important to take action and get employee feedback now to gauge the status of your employee’s workload. Consider implementing the following tactics to help relieve any burnout beginners before they get worse.
3 Ways To Know If Your Employees Suffer From Burnout:
Surveys: Ask employees how they’re doing.
Employee burnout is a common problem many business owners face, but most are not aware that they have a big problem on their hands until it’s too late.
We all know how much time and effort goes into hiring top talent, so why not spend a little bit of your time and effort to survey your employees to see if they’re suffering from burnout? Surveying your employees allows them to let you know how they feel about working for the company and which departments could use some improvement.
1-on-1s: Authentically check in with employees.
Whether it’s a manager or an employee, 1-on-1 meetings are a therapeutic tool for keeping everyone in check. A chat, a [virtual]cup of coffee, or a quick walk is all it needs to keep everyone happy and going at full throttle knowing what they’re supposed to be doing.
Managers who meet regularly with their employees help the organization by providing employees with an outlet to express their feelings and ask their manager for assistance.
Analytics: What are the numbers telling you?
Take some time to look at the performance of your employees. Are they hitting goals, targets, and KPIs? Or are sick days and turnover the only numbers going up? Understanding the hard numbers on what is happening in your organization to gain insight into if your employees are engaged and mentally well or on the verge of burnout.
For a quick tool to self-evaluate the state of your organization, check out Limeade’s burnout quiz.
Workplace burnout can yield a long-lasting and substantially negative impact on an employee. It may seem like the passion is gone, or worse, that the employee is actively trying to sabotage your organization professionally. The key to determining if someone is burnt out is noticing the signs and taking action against it.
Customers using Limeade Listening quantify and identify their cultural drivers using specific tools, such as our Key Driver Analysis. They can then funnel resources to the areas that need them most by uncovering their organization’s custom root causes of disengagement and burnout.