Long-Term Efficiency: How to Prevent Burnout in the Workplace
Did you know that burnout is the second most common reason that employees leave their workplaces? If you’re struggling with a high employee turnover rate, it might mean that your employees are feeling over-stressed and under-appreciated.
We’re here to talk about how to prevent burnout in the workplace so your employees feel happy and respected. Read on to learn more.
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First and Foremost: Ask for Feedback
This is the most important thing that you can do to prevent burnout amongst your employees. It will also save you a lot of time and energy that you may have otherwise wasted on ineffective methods that your employees weren’t actually interested in.
Give your employees a voice by asking them what they need. You can do this directly or give them an opportunity to give anonymous feedback (this is often the best option if you want honest answers).
Remember that you should consider every piece of feedback. Even if it isn’t convenient, you may be able to modify it in a way that will make it work for your company.
Recognize Successes (Even If They’re “Small”)
Too many frontline teams and “background workers” alike feel as though they’re not appreciated by their employers. They don’t get enough recognition for their hard work. Their work is rewarded with even more work and no extra pay or appreciation.
Make an effort to recognize and reward even the smallest successes.
Did an employee meet all of their goals for the day? Let them know that they’re doing great. Sure, they didn’t go above and beyond, but they did a great job.
By only offering praise when employees go above and beyond, you’re fostering an environment where overworking becomes the only way to feel appreciated. This will inevitably lead to office burnout.
Offer Paid Time Off
In the United States, many workers don’t have access to sufficient paid time off (or any PTO at all). This leads them to overwork themselves, neglect their mental health, and have poor work/life balance.
Employees often can’t afford to take unpaid time off and still pay their bills.
Some employers mistakenly believe that offering sufficient PTO is a waste of money for them, but that isn’t true. If your employees are able to take time to refresh themselves, they’ll be more productive at work and they’ll be more likely to stick around long-term.
These things are great for your bottom line.
Create a Positive and Fun Work Environment
if you want your employees to come to work feeling happy and prepared instead of burnt out, make sure that your work environment fits the bill.
Prioritize fun and employee wellness at work. Offer plenty of snacks in the break room and consider doing some (paid) team-building activities to foster a happy and healthy work environment.
Consider doing half-days around holidays and adding something new, like morning yoga.
That’s How to Prevent Burnout in the Workplace
Figuring out how to prevent burnout in the workplace isn’t always easy, and it won’t look the same in every office. Remember that the most important first step is to ask your employees about their needs. From there, you can start making important quality-of-life adjustments that will suit everyone.
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