Preventing employee burnout

Employee burnout is something that most of us have seen in others or experienced ourselves. Repetitive tasks and overwhelming workloads can easily get the best of us. Luckily, there are plenty of simple ways to both combat and stop employee burnout before anybody reaches his or her breaking point.

Preventing burnout

  • Have fun – Making room for fun can alleviate some stress and help to keep employees motivated when they are on the brink of burnout.
  • Switch it up – Let employees work on new projects or teams when they’ve been concentrating on one thing for a long time, like Facebook is doing with Hackamonth.
  • Encourage breaks – It’s wonderful to have employees that don’t want to quit working until they get things done. Unfortunately, those are the people that are likely to burn out quickest. If you have employees like this, persuade them to take walks or go on a coffee run – anything to keep them from going stir crazy.

For those times when burnout can’t be avoided, there are a couple of things you can do to help ensure that your employees don’t become fed up.

How to cope with burnout

  • Accept it – Burnout isn’t always preventable so it’s essential to pay attention to the signs such as lethargy, decreased socializing or irritability.
  • Communicate – Growing businesses often experience transformations that leave employees frustrated. Making sure your employees know that they can talk to you is a great way to stop burnout before it gets out of hand.

Although employee burnout isn’t always preventable, it’s vital to know what steps you can take to make it less detrimental to your employees and your business. These simple tips can help reduce the effects of burnout and even prevent it when possible.

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