Employee burnout is a serious business in every organization. It can take down your workforce to zero without prior notifications. It also has the potential to filch your best hands for your success as a supervisor. Employee burnout brawls every efficiency scheme at your workplace by making healthy ways of dealing with stress to become illegal, competence to become worthless, caring becomes apathy, and a host of other negative influences to clamp down productivity.
Recognizing the causative factors can be promising to prevent employee burnout. This knowledge is also important to deal with employee burnout when the need arises. As an employer or supervisor, your success credentials must include being proactive, not reactive. Find where the oil would leak from before proposing a model for a clean.
What can cause employee burnout?
Burnout does not occur abruptly; it takes some time to build up irrespective of the source. It can be externally or internally generated, but the internal factors can pose more threat. The following can lead to employee burnout.
- When employee has a different value with your organization
- When employee has little or no recognition
- When there is breakdown in communication
- When employees feel they don't have a voice or lack the opportunity to contribute their ideas at work
- When employee is subjected excess workload or stress
- When your organization lack transparency
Steps to deal with employee burnout
Dealing with burnout is absolutely not a quick fix; it requires effort from both the employee and the organization. But reducing burnout must be initiated by the employing organization through cultural practices and other related measures.
Step One: Educate your employee
Having recognized burnout as a potential challenge, it is important to inform every employee about it. Organizations must help their employees to identify burnout as a threat to their steady productivity. This should not be done in just one meeting; burnout should be discussed regularly, properly modeled and incorporated into your organization’s cultural practices.
Step Two: Support effective communication
Employers must create a communicative environment where employees are allowed to voice their concern and thoughts. They must also be ready give feedbacks, provide collaborative mediums and inform them about developments and plans to motivate their personal ambition. Effective communication can also be achieved through frequent meetings, close supervision, and newsletters.
Step Three: Be ready to identify burnouts
Incorporating burnout into your cultural practices and encouraging environments to prevent employee burnout will not be enough if you can’t say it when noticed. Be ready to address concerns about burnout immediately you notice them. Also, you must be understanding and initiate relationship grounds to discuss employee’s value while addressing burnouts.
Step Four: Create self-care practices
Most employers fail to recognize that employees deserve to have their personal time even during work hours. It’s not all about your office! Encouraging your employees to have their moments during office breaks will help them to understand that their personal lifestyle is tolerated at their workplace. It will also help the employees in dealing with stress and incorporating their personal values with the office environment. Self-care practices can also be encouraged through vacations, freedom to leave the office environment during breaks or permission to bring their personal belongings to the office environment.