Dedicated and hardworking employees can be hard to find, and once you do find them it’s important to hang on to them.
Some days in the office will be more hectic than others, but when employees find that their everyday workload has them running for the door, it’s important to know how to help them out.
When even just one employee experiences burnout from too much stress at work, it can cause the environment of the workplace to go downhill, the quality of the work can suffer and other employees could follow suit soon after.
One of the easiest ways to prevent burnout is to notice the warning signs and preemptively strike before it gets out of hand. Knowing what to look for and what workplace situations to avoid can help keep your employees healthy and happy, and it can keep them from wanting to jump ship to a less stressful environment.
Workplace stress can be caused by a myriad of circumstances, and it is true that some can be self-inflicted. Many people just see overextension at work as a way of life, and they don’t know how else to operate.
Many employees may take it upon themselves to do the job of multiple employees, even though they have not been asked to, and this can be one of the fastest ways they burn themselves out.
On the opposite end of the spectrum, some employers don’t realize that even though one person can handle everything, they shouldn’t have to. The fastest way to lose a dedicated employee is to overwork them and still expect more.
Don’t be afraid to tell your employees that they are not expected to do the work of three people, and be sure they know that it’s okay with you that they don’t overwork themselves.
Always make sure your staff has more than enough employees to do the work required of the company, and even consider hiring on extra help during holidays, summers and other busy times. This will keep your regular employees from pulling their hair out, and it will also help with those seeking part-time work.
A few common workplace stressors are the following:
When left unchecked, stressors such as these can lead to issues between co-workers, decline in work productivity and more. And for your employees, it can even spill over into their personal and home lives by creating strife between family members, health issues and a loss of passion for activities they previously enjoyed doing.
There are many risks associated with burnt out employees. One of the most obvious ones is that they will be more prone to leave your company if they feel they are being overworked and no one cares. The second is that stress can also wreak havoc on the health of your employees.
Research done by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) proves that long-term, unresolved burnout is now a major health concern that not even a well-deserved vacation can solve.
Biologically, we are not made to constantly work in high-stress mode, but the work mentality over the years has altered so much that when we aren’t going full-blown, it sometimes feels like we aren’t doing anything at all.
If you as an employer or employee find yourself noticing a few of the following signs in yourself or your employees, it may be time to change a few things up.
Emotional, physical and mental drain are some of the beginning and most common attributes of an overworked employee. These beginning signs can lead to symptoms such as nausea, inability to sleep and fighting off other forms of sickness.
Feeling alienated from co-workers and superiors is another tell-tale sign of being overworking/overworked, as well as the feeling of being under appreciated and ostracized.
It may take some time to set in, but one of the most detrimental occurrences, to employees and the company as a whole, is the feeling that the employee isn’t personally achieving their best. By the time they have reached the point of “winging it,” “pulling it out of thin air,” or just “phoning it in,” the battle is almost completely lost.
Not only are they not putting their best foot forward at this point, but this is where it starts to affect the company’s work. Many employees will simply choose to suffer in silence and take the work instead of voicing their concerns, because they are afraid of being labeled as too weak to handle the load.
The important part of identifying what’s burning out employees is to fix the problem immediately.
As an employer, here are a few simple things you can do to ensure your employees are not being overworked:
For those on the employee side of the spectrum, here are a few suggestions you can take into your daily work life: