Most of us are able to tell what it looks like when an employee has burned out. However if you don’t know what it looks like, it’s the completely crazy and stressed worker who states they’ve had it and they’re done and leaves as fast as possible.
Burnouts are very common in any career or workplace. This can happen to ANYONE. Although burnouts are so regular, a lot of business owners and managers are confused on why it happens and how to prevent. But clearly, all of us should know.
If you plan on maintain a positive work environment, you need to be aware of burnouts, what causes them, and how to keep them from happening.
WHAT A BURNOUT REALLY IS
A burnout is how a person reacts to emotional stress. This stress is usually brought on by work, which will normally result in quitting, or vacation time.
Although working too much and being under too much pressure can definitely help cause it, it usually comes from a lot more difficult factors.
Here are the main causes of a burnout and what they really mean.
Exhaustion: This comes from a lack of resources to help survive with the work load. This would look like an extremely stressed and overworked employee.
Doubt: When an employee feels negatively towards their work, and has a bad attitude. This would be an irritated or unhappy worker.
Inefficacy: When you start to notice less individual success. This would be a very tense employee who has a pretty bad attitude and seems to have given up.
WHAT CAUSES A BURNOUT TO HAPPEN
Here are some things you can look for that usually leads to a burnout.
Career Demands: Being given way too much work causing the employee to feel overwhelmed and stress out.
Job uncertainty: Not having enough knowledge on how to complete an assigned task or not being able to do is successfully.
Not having the resources needed: This could be lacking the correct training or not having the materials they need to complete the task they’ve been given.
No support: Not having other employees or supervisors support you has an effect on any person. With the support of others it feels easier to accomplish what’s been given and won’t feel as stressful.
No advice: Not receiving any feedback can create many problems and lead to you completing an assignment incorrectly. The stress from this can ultimately cause a burnout to happen.
HOW A BURNOUT AFFECTS EVERYTHING ELSE
This is pretty obvious but a burnout doesn’t only affect that single person, but the rest of the staff as well. It affects their work and their success.
Having a good work environment that prevents burnouts from occurring and is contributing to the general output, employee interaction, and overall contentment is important when having a great working team.
HOW TO KEEP A BURNOUT FROM HAPPENING
Nobody wants to lose any employee, especially an amazing one, to a burnout. But the difficult part is, most managers and staff don’t realize somebody is having a burnout until it’s already happened.
So, to help you out, here are some things you can do to help prevent burnouts and keep the work environment cool.
Give practical tasks: Hand out a fair amount of work that may be tough but not stressful.
Assign their passion: Make sure that the work you give each employee involves what they love to do. If need be, switch up certain roles to where everybody is working on something they’re passionate about.
Realistic hours: Every employee is different when it comes to how much they can work at a time. Some are able to work a lot of hours and still love their work, while other work a lot less to prevent them from being stressed out and feeling hopeless. Don’t ask them to give too much and work too hard.
Have set break time: Let your employees have a full lunch period and breaks during the work day. Encourage them to take their time during their breaks.
Be Flexible: If there is something that seems to be impractical, alter it to where it is more within reach. If you give a task to the wrong person, re-assign.
Have set roles: Make sure each employee has a specific job and knows what their job is and knows what is expected from them.
Provide the required tools: Help your staff succeed by having all the tools they’ll need to finish the task successfully.
Set them up with necessary resources: Make sure that employees have what they need and know where to get it to complete their work.
Prepare your team: Be sure that everybody fully understands their jobs and how to do them.
Give them more than enough support: Managers or whoever’s in charge should be sure they take the time to listen and go about any concerns the employees have.
Push the staff to socialize: A fair amount of socializing is necessary for a team to really connect. Tolerate socializing during breaks and after work.
Always be reasonable: At all times be sure that any decisions being made are fair and principled. Don’t ask an employee to do a job that might go against their values or provide concerns.
Offer sufficient feedback: It’s important for employees to know when they’ve finished something successfully or if there were any errors. Take time to talk with each employee and give them feedback on their work.
Inform employees fully about burnouts: Talk to your staff about employee burnouts and teach them how to prevent it. Answer any questions they have and make sure they’re all fully aware of every aspect of a burnout.
Enhance coping mechanisms: Help employees with their capability of handling and preventing stress.
Make it a pleasurable place to be: All workplaces should make an employee eager to keep coming to work, this will help decrease burnout.
Burnout is a frequent occurrence that nobody is protected from. It’s imperative to make your work environment a place that every employee feels pleased and motivated and is given the proper tools and support needed to succeed. The last thing you want is stressed and unhappy employees.
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