Employee burnout is one of the greatest concerns ever faced by any organization. To add to it, several surveys and researches have proved that companies are falling short of finding ways to curb employee burnout.
Recently Deloitte conducted a survey on 1,000 full-time employees in the US. Wherein, it was found that 77% employees faced burnout in their current jobs and more than half of them said they continue to experience it quite often.
Even though around 87% of them said they have a passion for their job, employees still felt a sense of burnout. In fact, even those 64% professionals who tend to “love their work” said they were frequently stressing out.
Besides, nearly 69% responded that their employer did not try to take enough steps to minimize the burnout. An impressive 21% employees were honest enough to say that their employer did not offer any stress-reduction programs whatsoever.
Here are few handpicked tips that organizations are now following in order to reduce employee burnout.
Follow open-door policy
Ensure that you always make your team feel comfortable about coming to the office and talking to you anytime they’d like. When you keep the communication channel open, you’re giving them a chance to open up and speak out their mind.
You can practically keep the door open so that even when people are simply passing by, they can join in whenever they want. When you’re about to conduct any meetings, always encourage your team to drop by before or after the meeting in case they need any kind of help.
When they actually come up to your cabin, leave everything you’re doing to listen to them. If you fail to do so, you’re not only losing out an opportunity to fix a business problem but also showing that you don’t care about them enough.
Take time to listen to your employees and solve their concerns on immediate basis.
Make room for day-offs and weekends
Employee burnout takes place when people are not provided with enough time off work. Especially when they’re not able to disconnect with the professional space, rest, or focus on other aspects of life, they feel stressed out more.
Around 30% of survey respondents said they even worked consistently for long hours and on weekends too. Moreover, such people have never gone on a vacation either with friends or family. Even those who tried to escape out might end up checking work emails or take phone calls rather than taking the much needed break.
Hence we understand the importance for leaders to create a favourable environment wherein taking off time is encouraged.
Like for instance, German auto manufacturer Daimler took a bold step when it had launched “Mail on Holiday” initiative. In which, the program auto-deletes employees’ incoming mails and does not let them get disturbed while vacationing. Allowing them to fully disconnect, the program even lets mails to reach to a colleague instead or resend the email when the employee is back from holiday.
Give them what they want
From roles to objectives, try and give your employees what they want. If your employees are in their desired roles but lack sufficient resources to ensure their success, it won’t help them anyway.
For that, do best with all that you’ve got – in terms of human resources. As in, getting a skilled resource for working on tasks that a software can easily manage is a big no-no. Also, compromising on quality of work with cheaper labor can as well prove to be a recipe for disaster.
Hence, to make sure your team performs its best, engage them in healthy conversations more often. Ask them if there’s anything that can be done to enhance efficiency and accelerate productivity. That can be done by introducing a new tool, hiring new resource, or providing some extra training to existing resources.
Fun Fridays or Sassy Saturdays?
Uplift your employees frequently by planning out Fun Friday activities or Exciting Saturday games. After all, employees would only enjoy coming to work when they’re supplied with fun activities on weekends.
Create a positive work environment by arranging random fun yet engaging games. These would also inculcate team building and team management qualities. Alternatively, you may also:
- Stock your office fridge with goodies like cakes, chocolates, or light snacks
- Arrange lunch-hour parties
- Declare half-days off before weekend or a public holiday
Appreciate your team’s hardwork
Not recognizing their success is also one of the main reasons of employee burnout. As such, employees are always on the lookout to feel needed. No matter if they often tell you or not, it is your responsibility to appreciate your employees for their hardwork.
Just a friendly pat-on-the-back or a couple of claps in front of everyone can boost their morale. It can not only curb employee burnout but also motivate them to work better.
In a gist
- Create an employee engagement plan by conducting employee survey with the help of the HR.
- Work with superiors to develop realistic job design by including job rotations, job enhancement opportunities, and methods for team alignment.
- Devise a far and competitive pay package for your employees. Coordinate with the HR to work up competitive salary structures for each one.
- Include your employees and avoid ignoring them in decision-making processes relevant to their work.
- Promote effective work-life balance by introducing games and fun activities on certain days.
Although one cannot completely alleviate workplace stress, but a few steps to curb the same can prove to be beneficial. Therefore, organizations should be able to play an active role in preventing employee burnout.