Scott Cathcart

Entrepreneur | Impact Investor | Triathlete

Preventing Employee Burnout

Employees are an essential part of the structure of any business or organization. Thus, their job satisfaction should always be prioritized to ensure that a company runs smoothly. When employees are tired, it affects job performance, work production, quality, and more. A business may suffer as a result of employees who are feeling burnout. In short, employee burnout is when a worker feels exhausted or stressed as a result of their job. 

Employee burnout can also occur when an employee has personal stressors occurring at home. This keeps them from performing at their best because their mind is still ruminating over those personal matters. While leaders can’t resolve everything going on in another person’s own life, leaders can help prevent employee burnout at work by trying the following tips:

Proper Delegation

Each employee has an important role to play as it regards the proper functioning of the business. Thus, a leader or employer must delegate assignments appropriately. If an employee isn’t qualified to do a particular task, this may show up as burnout in the long term. So, employers should ensure that the job duties match the skill sets of each employee. By doing this, no one feels overwhelmed with a task they are not capable of completing.

No Micromanaging

Micromanaging not only shows a lack of trust in the competence of an employee, but it can also create stress. No one likes another person continually looking over their shoulder. This facilitates unrest and dis-ease in the work environment. Employers should give their workers enough space to perform accordingly and grow in their skills. If employers don’t fully trust their employees to complete an assignment, then employers can offer a proper training program.

Wellbeing Check-in

Leaders should put the health of their team first. By supporting employee wellbeing, burnout is reduced significantly. Regular breaks from work should be instituted so that stress is kept to a minimum. Stress is a side-effect of burnout and can impose physiological effects on the body such as migraines and tense muscles. While each person has a job to do, employees are still people who need to take time for themselves. Employers can check in with their employees by doing self-checks and mental-health evaluations. This can be done simply through having a one on one conversation with the team where employees feel comfortable sharing their experiences.

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