As we find ourselves nearing the end of the year, more employees than ever are finding themselves nearing burnout. With the added pressure of the holidays combined with stress on the job, many people find themselves near the edge of being swamped. However, the signs of employee burnout may not always be evident at first.
Ideally, you should catch them early on to avoid reaching a full-fledged episode. To you, here are some of the biggest causes of employee burnout and how to avoid them.
Too Much Work
Even the most productive of employees eventually have a limit. It’s important that you don’t push your employees too hard by overwhelming them with an unreasonable amount of work. As an employer, it’s important to recognize the signs of an employee that is taking on far too much and isn’t able to handle their task load.
Are they having trouble finishing on time? Is their work less than satisfactory? Above all, how do they look when they come into the office in the morning? Do they have questions about their workload, and are you able to provide them with answers?
Look for solutions wherever possible and implement them. Ask yourself whether there are certain tasks that would be better delegated to software, or hiring additional employees. When employees feel like their assignment load is too much for them, then they can’t deliver the work you hope they can.
It’s important that your employees feel like they get along with their other coworkers. If they feel like they’re working in an unfair work environment where they feel misunderstood or judged, it can lead to emotional breakdowns.
Keep an eye out for unjust treatment of your employees, and take action immediately. Turning a blind eye can be disastrous not only for that employee but for your entire team. One-sided treatment can come from all levels, whether it’s managers to team leaders.
Lack of Leadership
Just as an army needs to have a strong leader, so does a business. It’s important that your team has a clear leader who plays a strong role in motivating the team. They should be there to clearly explain the task at hand, and answer any questions that employees have about their role.
When there is any gray area surrounding what a team’s objectives are, then this is a clear indication of a lack of leadership.
A lack of leadership will slowly start to break down a team, and eventually, everyone will get so frustrated that they give up. As they say, a team is only as strong as its weakest link, so make sure that you have a strong leader. A clear sense of direction will make its way all the way down the line.