It can be tempting to push everyone in your team to keep going the extra mile, especially when deadlines are piling up. But rather than getting the results you want, you run the risk of your employees burning out. And that makes it harder for you to keep the best talent on your team.   

What is burnout?

The World Health Organization defines burnout as a condition that results from chronic workplace stress that has not been managed.

A person who’s suffering from burnout tends to show signs of: 

  • Exhaustion and stress. 
  • Cynicism and disgruntlement. 
  • Not being interested in doing their job properly 

Essentially your employees are physically, mentally, and emotionally drained. 

What causes burnout? 

Some of the most common causes of burnout include: 

  • An overwhelming workload 
  • Conflicting demands
  • Unclear expectations
  • Dysfunctional workplace dynamics 
  • Lack of training 
  • Work-life imbalance
  • Being micro-managed 
  • No opportunities for growth or development
  • An inability to influence decisions 

The impact of burnout

According to Gallup, burned-out employees are 63% more likely to take a sick day, and 23% more likely to visit the emergency room. 

In Australia, the Australian Payroll Association surveyed 600 payroll managers and found a significant number of businesses had seen their sick leave numbers rise. And the likely culprit for this? Employees who hadn’t taken their allocated annual leave.  

How to avoid employee burnout 

  • Know your employees’ strengths and assign them tasks that play to these.
  • Be realistic about the amount of work you assign to them.
  • Don’t ask too much of your employees by expecting them to work all hours of the day
  • Make sure everyone has a clearly defined job role (and the training for them to do it successfully).
  • Encourage them to take all their annual leave 
  • Be as flexible as you can on work from home requests 
  • Listen and act on their concerns and feedback
  • Acknowledge, reward and promote where possible
  • Consider outsourcing work such as marketing, web development and design to an outside agency or freelancer

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