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How managers can help employees avoid burnout

Exhaustion prevails, has a significant impact on the health, happiness and productivity of employees, and is totally preventable.

Labor exhaustion

Exhaustion prevails, has a significant impact on the health, happiness and productivity of employees, and is totally preventable.

According to one of the studies conducted by online, one of the biggest dangers for a team is burnout, and organizations face a crisis of employee burnout.

23% of employees reported feeling burned at work “often or always”, while another 44% reported feeling “exhausted”, according to the study.

Employees who report exhaustion are 63% more likely to have sick leave and 2.6 times more likely to leave their job.

Why is work so exhausting?

For two reasons:

  • Studies of commitment in the workplace, well-being and satisfaction with life have had relatively flat figures in recent years, suggesting that the administration and culture within organizations have a wide margin for improvement.
  • Secondly, we are experiencing major changes in the workplace, from the increasing speed of technology and globalization, to the increasingly automated organizations and mobile technology that connects employees to their work at home and when vacation.

These factors explain a recipe for exhaustion in the workplace.

Depletion can also be a symptom or result of a leadership style. There are times when a rhythm adjustment style is useful, when there are crises or challenges. However, this can not and should not be the main style. It is not sustainable or healthy.

Here are four ways you can help your employees relieve them or avoid burnout altogether:

Improve communication

According to Sourajit Saha , employees who have a boss or manager who is always willing to listen to their work-related problems are 62% less likely to run out.

Bosses need to improve their dialogue with employees so that there is an opportunity for them to raise problems comfortably and for bosses to notice unusual behavior.

Once the managers establish a continuous dialogue and a relationship of trust with an employee, the door is opened so they can ask more easily if everything is okay when they notice that an employee seems to be wrong.

If an organization requires more of the employees due to a special situation, the bosses must communicate this information. Leaders must label circumstances as something that requires greater urgency and is limited in time so that we know and do not get caught up in that circumstance.

To promote teamwork

Relationships with co-workers are important because they provide another line of emotional support for employees who have difficulties. Co-workers often understand the stress of a job better than bosses. To encourage teamwork, managers must establish objectives in team collaboration.

Working towards something together, with which you are committed, creates strong links and encourages collaboration.

The study also suggests that managers discuss team strengths and frustrations, recognize and reward team performance, encourage socialization and provide opportunities for team members to learn and grow together.

Teams learn and grow together when they experience new things and reflect on past performance as a team. Having regular contact meetings creates a natural opportunity for teams to discuss recent events and plan for the future. In addition, giving them extensive tasks, creative projects and time to exchange ideas encourages them to collaborate in new ways.

Focus on strengths

According to Sourajit Saha , employees who have the opportunity to do what they do best are 57% less likely to experience frequent burnout.

When managers focus on the strengths of employees, they are much more likely to commit. Finding people who adapt well to their work, positioning them to do what they do best and compromising them is the recipe for success. This not only isolates them from exhaustion, but also leads to a substantially better performance.

Commitment is a great buffer to prevent exhaustion. The boss is responsible for approximately 70% of the things that affect the commitment of the employees.

Employees also have a high risk of burnout when their strengths and interests are not adequate for the job. This leads to constant struggle so that the work is not difficult, frustrating and exhausting.

And even if the work is not overwhelming, the lack of passion for your work can lead to exhaustion. Most people want to invest in a job that is rewarding. When they do not experience that return on investment due to the nature of the work or a toxic work environment, it influences their self-esteem, life direction and overall well-being.

Connect with the purpose

Employees are far less likely to burn when they can connect their work to the mission or purpose of their company in a way that makes their work feel important.

People are not just going to work for a salary; They want to find meaning in what they do, according to research. Managers must do more than signal the mission statement on the board: they must show how the contributions of their employees influence the company’s performance.

Connecting individual work with the mission of the organization also helps employees set priorities. Knowing what work to stop or defer is as important as knowing what work to do. That tends to give people a powerful filter for the best use of time.

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