Tips for avoiding employee burnout

Employee burnout is something that many of us have seen in others or experienced ourselves. Repetitive tasks and overwhelming workloads can quickly get the best of us. Fortunately, there are plenty of simple ways to both combat and prevent employee burnout before anybody reaches his or her breaking point.

Preventing burnout

  • Have fun – Making room for fun can alleviate some stress and help to keep employees motivated when they are on the brink of burnout.
  • Switch it up – Let employees focus on new projects or teams when they’ve been working on one thing for a long time, like Facebook is doing with Hackamonth.
  • Encourage breaks – It’s excellent to have employees that don’t want to quit working until they get things done. Unfortunately, those are the people that are likely to burn out quickest. If you have employees like this, persuade them to take walks or go on a coffee run – anything to keep them from going stir crazy.

For those times when burnout can’t be prevented, there are a couple of things you can do to help ensure that your employees don’t become fed up.

How to deal with burnout

  • Accept it – Burnout isn’t always preventable so it’s important to be conscious of the signs such as lethargy, decreased socializing or irritability.
  • Communicate – Growing businesses often undergo transformations that leave employees frustrated. Making sure your employees know that they can talk to you is a terrific way to stop burnout before it gets out of control.

Employee burnout can’t always be avoided but there are a number of ways to deal with it when it happens. Implementing these suggestions can help keep burnout at bay and help your employees cope with it.

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