Avoiding Employee Burnout as a Business Leader

April 23, 2023

As a business leader, it is important to recognize when your team is overstretched or feeling overwhelmed. If you fail to do so and can’t implement effective strategies to mitigate the situation—or better yet, prevent it entirely—you run the risk of draining your employees’ effectiveness and contributions, creating a negative work culture, and ultimately facing resignations. 

Common Signs of Employee Burnout:

  • Emotional, mental, and physical exhaustion.
  • Disengagement.
  • Increased absenteeism.
  • Isolation.
  • Higher sensitivity to feedback.
  • Decreased productivity.

What You Can Do to Prevent and Combat Employee Burnout:

Rest and Flexibility

Allowing employees to take their needed breaks and encouraging them to prioritize rest and relaxation will help avoid burnout. Unless absolutely necessary, ensure your employees that when they’re off the clock (including PTO or sick days), that means no work. 

Implementing flexible working hours or providing teleworking options can also give your team the opportunity to manage personal tasks along with their work responsibilities. If you have systems in place to ensure your employees are efficiently completing their work, you will be able to trust that additional flexibility will help you and not hurt you. 

TIP: Lead by example. If you are sending emails and making phone calls late into the night and on your vacation, your employees may feel that you expect them to do the same. 

Provide Support

It’s important for business leaders to be aware of any work-related stress that may arise in their teams and provide timely solutions. Offering mentorship sessions and providing support where needed are great ways to show employees that you care about them as much as the work they are doing. 

Find ways to let your team know their efforts are appreciated. You can recognize individual contributions in a private or public way, depending on their preference. This can be as simple as a “Superstar Spotlight” email that goes out to your team once a month, or a handwritten card to your employee congratulating them on a job well done. 

Know Your Employees

Understanding each team member's strengths and weaknesses can help you assign tasks more efficiently and make sure everyone is comfortable with their workload.

Positive Space

Finally, creating an open environment where people feel comfortable talking about mental health issues will allow you as a leader to proactively identify potential problems before they escalate.

Creating a positive, honest communication between management and team members will promote trust in your organization and ultimately create a healthier work environment for all.

Want to learn more about creating a positive work culture or managing a successful team? Schedule a complimentary meeting with me to begin a conversation. 

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