Banish Employee Burnout With These 5 Tips

07.03.2018

Your team used to be working hard. Now, it seems they’re hardly working. You know the signs: grumpy, sluggish, disengaged, unmotivated employees. Burnout strikes again.

Burnout’s not good for productivity. And it’s not great for the office budget either. A recent study found that companies spend about $300 billion every year due to work-related burnout. Yikes!

But, it doesn’t have to be that way. With these five tips, you can kick employee burnout to the curb, and get your team back in the game.

1. Create a supportive workplace environment

Humans aren’t machines. They’re people with hopes and dreams. And while that may sound cheesy, it’s true. Creating a supportive office atmosphere shows your employees you care about their career growth, encouraging them to push the limits of their potential.

Showing support for your team members is simple. Here’s how:

  • Grow better together. Give employees constructive feedback and ask for it in return.
  • 69 percent of employees say they’d work harder if their efforts were better appreciated. Recognize your team’s achievements and high-performing members.
  • Ask your employees what you can do to help them reach their career goals. If there’s a way you can help—do so!
  • Autonomy obliterates apathy. Let employees show off their skills by allowing them to take the reins on an upcoming project.  

Key Takeaway: When you support your employees, they’re more likely to be team players.

Related Blog: 5 Easy Ways to Recognize and Reward Employees

2. Make wellness a priority

You can only burn the candle at both ends for so long. If your team is overworked, tired, and not eating well, they’re not going to do their best work. Creating a culture focused on health shows your team you value their well-being and the quality of their work.

 Incorporate wellness into your culture. Here’s how: 

  • Emphasize the importance of physical health. Get creative with things like wellness challenges, walking meetings, and healthy snack options.
  • Encourage your team to take their PTO. Everyone needs time and space to recharge, sans office interruptions.
  • Keep reasonable work hours. Excessive overtime is bad for your team and your business.
  • Reduce the stigma of mental health in your office and make sure employees know where they can go if they need help.

Key Takeaway: Health is wealth for employees and business.

Related Blog: 4 Tips to Help Leaders Become Actively Involved in Wellness

3. Focus on team-building and employee bonding 

With all work and no play, it’s hard to keep employee burnout at bay. Getting out of the office or sprinkling a little fun into the day-to-day routine can have a big impact on your employees’ morale.

Getting your team to socialize doesn’t have to be hard. Here’s how: 

  • Schedule team-building activities and office outings. Form bonds, and have fun doing it!
  • Encourage inter-office friendships. Employees with a workplace BFF benefit big time.
  • Get to know your employees’ interests. You may find you’re not the only office Trekkie.
  • Organize a group lunch. Teams who eat together are shown to be more productive.

Key Takeaway: Teams that spend time together thrive together.

4. Maintain an open-door policy

Lack of conversation often feels like a lack of appreciation. And that’s a one-way ticket to burnout city. Regularly communicating with your employees shows you care about their performance and their well-being. It’s the equivalent of saying, “Hey, I see you as more than a robot who comes to work, does their job, and goes home.” 

Facilitating conversations is easy! Here’s how:  

  • Frequently check in with your employees. Ask them how work’s going and share any updates they should be made aware of.
  • Listen to your team’s observations and input, don’t just wait for your turn to speak.
  • Different team members respond best to different forms of communication. Check out our blog for ways to optimize your communication efforts.
  • Let your team know that you’re always available to talk about work or that hot new show you’re both watching. (Marvel’s Luke Cage, anyone?)

Key Takeaway: When employees feel heard and kept in the know, they feel valued. And valued employees are happier employees.  

5. Make the most of your meetings

57 percent of employees say “wasteful” work meetings are a time and energy suck. Less time and motivation to complete important projects puts more stress on your team. And you know what that means—a greater chance of employee burnout. 

Respect your team’s time and say NO to wasteful meetings. Here’s how:

  • Keep meetings short. (Like this sentence.)
  • Have an agenda—and stick to it!
  • Assign someone to keep time. When time’s up, your meeting’s over.
  • If you can convey the information in an email, don’t hold a meeting.

Key Takeaway: Saying sayonara to mind-numbing meetings saves your employees’ time and sanity.

Now, get out there and tackle employee burnout. Your team’s counting on you!

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