If your employees suffer from professional burnout, then your company may also be suffering. Professional burnout can lead to poor work attendance, an increase in sick days, a decline in effort, and slower results and progress from your employees. Just one employee suffering from burnout can adversely affect the entire company. Because professional burnout is often triggered in the workplace, there are steps that you can take to help your employees avoid falling prey to this stress phenomenon:
Reward good performance.
When employees think that their good performance is being overlooked or unrecognized, they tend to slip into professional burnout. If you rarely reward or even acknowledge your employees’ hard work, you can’t expect them to be emotionally invested in your company. Rewarding hard work is as easy as a sincere “thank you,” communication of trust and admiration, or an unexpected day off.
Set clear goals and expectations.
Unclear goals and expectations lead to misunderstanding and half-hearted or misled results. Have a one-to-one conversation with each of your employees upon hire, and discuss the goals of the company, the role that they will play, and their own personal goals. Regularly evaluate performance in a non-threatening, constructive way in order to keep an open line of communication with each employee.
Provide incentives for your employees to stay healthy.
Staying active and eating well can boost your employees’ immunity, mood, and energy level, so it’s important that you give them the tools to do so. Consider working with a local gym or fitness center to provide your employees with membership discounts or free days. For office jobs, free classes or seminars on staying active in the workplace can be useful. Reimbursements for biking or walking to work not only encourage your employees to stay active, but give the impression that you are a company that truly cares about the well-being of your workers.
Get to know your employees.
The value of getting to know your clients’ personalities, backgrounds, and home lives is often lost in the hustle and bustle of the workplace. The more you know your employees, the more in tune you can be to their satisfaction with the work that you are delegating to them. People register stress in different ways: If an employee feels overwhelmed or drained, knowing their personality might help you better spot this and fix the problem before burnout takes over.
Depressurize the workplace.
High-pressure jobs are breeding grounds for professional burnout. If your workplace is structured on rigid deadlines, high expectations, and a nonstop fast pace, be sure to counter pressure with organization and delegation of tasks: Overworking and overloading one employee is sure to lead to burnout. If your workplace dress code is business formal or business professional, a casual Friday can be a de-stressor and a nice change of pace for your employees.
Professional burnout isn’t just bad for your employees – it’s bad for your company. Now that you know how to help your employees avoid professional burnout, you can look forward to a happier and healthier workforce!