Did you know that 77% of professionals have experienced burnout in their current job? Poor mental health can adversely affect an employee's performance, engagement with colleagues and their physical ability and daily functioning at work. Recognizing the signs of burnout in employees makes it possible for an employer to address and prevent burnout. Let's take a look at the signs of burnout in employees and how to prevent it from happening.
5 Signs of burnout for employees
1. Fatigue . A feeling of tiredness that continues from day to day can mean that sleep patterns are disturbed. If an employee is sleeping at work, it could be a sign that they are physically or emotionally exhausted. An employee may experience headaches, body aches or they may take more breaks. Look out for worn out expressions or frequent illness.
2. Impatient or annoyed with employees / clients. Irritability or a negative attitude towards employees, customers or new tasks can be an indication of burnout in an employee. If your easygoing employee has become unfriendly, you may want to meet with the employee to find out what issues may affect them personally or professionally.
3. Higher sensitivity. If an employee who has previously been open to constructive criticism is now combative when confronted about his performance, this employee may experience burnout. Watch out for signs that the employee is getting emotional and withdraws when feedback is given to them.
4. Increased absence . An employee who is absent may experience burnout. This employee may have difficulty getting out of bed or may be ill due to high stress affecting the body. In any case, a manager should check in with the employee to provide support and tools to combat burnout.
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5 Increased mistakes . Detail-oriented employees who experience burnout can start making mistakes in projects. They may also be more susceptible to accidents if they do not concentrate or focus on
How to prevent employee burnout
Create a positive and open work environment. Employees who feel that their boss has empathy, openness and a willingness to listen are more likely to come forward when they start to feel burnt out.
Below are three tips to prevent burnout of employees in your company:
. Equip those responsible for understanding the workload of employees.
An unreasonable workload is an important factor in causing employee burnout. Managers who are aware of what each employee has on their plate can prioritize projects for employees who have room to take on additional projects. Weekly or two-week check-ins with employees help managers stay up to date on what each employee is working on.
Tip 2. Think about the mental health and well-being of employees.
Good companies value and support their encourages a work-life balance. Make sure employees have the opportunity to take breaks throughout the day. It is important for every employee to have a quality break (over quantity) to renew their energy. If possible, flexible scheduling can also offer a balance between work and private life. Finally, employers can implement a "no meeting" policy that blocks an employee's lunch break or end of the day so that the employee has time for themselves and to complete tasks without interrupting meetings. For example, social insurance has discouraged employees from planning meetings between 12:00 and 13:00. This gives employees time to have lunch, take a break, work out, catch up on emails or get out.
Tip 3. Provide tools for managing stress
Implement productivity and time management skills. This may include bringing in a speaker for a "lunch and learning." Have employees review their working hours and tasks or a stress assessment. Look for opportunities that an employee can improve to reduce stress.
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Create a positive work environment to prevent employee burnout and be aware of signs of burnout. It is important to be in front of employees who show signs of burnout to help them overcome obstacles and work through the challenges.
Read our HR blog series for additional tips on how to prevent employee burnout, increase employee motivation and more. Or contact a local community agent today for more information on insurance options to suit your needs.