Are your employees experiencing burnout?

09:13 | 22/09/2014
Pushing your employees past the breaking point can have many negative effects on both the workers and the company’s overall performance. Overworked staff tend to make more mistakes, be filled with rage at work for being burdened with too many expectations or coworkers who are not as dedicated as they are.

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Most overworked people suffer from work-life conflicts and unsuccessful relationships with their spouses, children and friends. In most cases, they care less about themselves, and their health is badly affected by constant sleep disorders. In the workplace, they feel overworked and have poorer coping skills.

Some jobs are inherently stressful, but stress can happen to staff in even low-stress careers. Work-related stress can be rooted in various issues. Bad work relationships can be a major cause. Unsupportive colleagues or supervisors are potential causes of stress. In addition, isolated employees are more exposed to depression. Besides, losing work-life balance caused by an over-demanding and inflexible work schedule can negatively affect employees’ personal lives, putting a strain on their relationships outside work. Your staff can also be depressed if they do not feel respected and are not adequately informed about the business situation. Also, lack of training and equipment or resources to do the job may have negative impacts. Other causes include low pay, dull and repetitive work or even fear of physical violence.

Employee burnout is a very real concern for today’s HR and company leaders. Some innovative practices to create a workplace with minimum stress should be applied. One of which is to create a flexible working environment in which collaboration, strong support and feedback networks are enabled.

In addition, keep an eye on your employees’ working time, monitor the number of their working hours to ensure they do not work too much in a week. Finally, a true break should be encouraged through some fun and quick way to help your employees step out of their work.

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