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Employee burnout is a considerable problem among United States employers, with approximately 50 percent of workers claiming to be overwhelmed or unsatisfied with their job. Moreover, research suggests that stress in the workplace costs U.S. employers anywhere from $150 billion to $300 billion annually. How do organization’s tackle an issue like burnout? Understanding the origins, symptoms, and effects of employee burnout will help to create a successful wellness plan.
Employee well-being can be the answer to problems such as low productivity and high turnover rates. By adding the Employee Well-Being Index to your wellness program, your employees will be able to anonymously self-assess their level of burnout, and receive custom resources specific to their results. Your organization will have access to aggregated reports of where well-being stands in order to adapt your wellness plan to areas of need. Learn more about crucial elements of employee well-being below.
Comparing the original job description to the responsibilities an employee has a year later can help to realign everyday duties. If an employee was hired for their specialty but is being bogged down by administrative tasks, burnout could settle in.
Sometimes an employee is simply assigned to an ill-fitted position. If the job is not within the employee's interests or skills, it can cause tension in workplace dynamics. Finding a suitable job for the employee can help to avoid turnover and increase productivity.
If employees feel disengaged with their work, burnout can easily follow. An employee can start to feel disengaged for a variety of reasons, such as their values aren’t aligned with the company’s or they’re not feeling appreciated.
Longer hours are not translating to higher productivity. In professions where long shifts are necessary, institutions should seriously consider more flexible schedules, telecommuting, or other alternatives. Inadequate personal time will burn your employees out quickly.
If employees see no opportunities for growth in the company, they may opt for a different job or profession completely. Offering promotions or continued education opportunities can help your employees see a future at your organization.
Pay close attention to individuals in management positions if you notice employees becoming burned out. Ineffective management styles may be the reason for your employees being unproductive.
When there are no clear channels of communication between the frontline employees and the higher-ups, employees can become discouraged. Decisions that affect your employees could be made by executives who never hear feedback from their underlings.
Feeling an inability to control your schedule, assignments or workload can cause burnout at a job. A lack of the necessary resources to perform the job can also easily result in employee burnout.
Self-medication may seem like a viable option for an employee who dislikes their work or feels no control over their own schedule or assignments. This can obviously be a detrimental situation if not addressed sooner than later. If you detect signs of alcohol or substance abuse in an employee, approaching the situation with the utmost sensitivity is imperative.
If employees are feeling cynical towards their work, productivity will suffer immensely. Once an employee’s productivity starts to take a turn, so will the overall operations of the business. Low productivity will eventually hurt the business’ finances and reputation.
In the same arena as low productivity, employers can expect to pay out more sick time leave when employees are burned out. Employees experiencing burnout tend to succumb to illness more often than their well-rested coworkers.
A recent study conducted by Kronos Incorporated and Future Workplace found employee burnout could be responsible for 50 percent of turnover. There is a major dilemma that organizations need to address to retain talent and move business forward.
Employee burnout certainly affects staff turnover rates on a major level. Heavy and ungratifying workloads can cause employee dissatisfaction and emotional exhaustion in the individual. Once these symptoms reach a level specific to that employee, they will decide to find a different line of work. Sometimes, symptoms of burnout can lead the employer to believe that they need to replace the employee, instead of finding the root of the problem.
Oftentimes employee burnout results in high turnover rates due to of out-of-touch executives. If the higher-ups are unfamiliar with the environment or culture their employees are working in, low productivity could provoke executives to replace employees. With job turnover rates on the rise, employers should be taking every step to keep their talent satisfied.
One way the Employee Well-Being Index helps organizations fight employee burnout is by aggregating custom reports to monitor well-being over time. Organizations are also able to compare their results on a national level. These reports help wellness programs adapt to the specific needs of the institution, resulting in happier and more productive employees.
Decluttering the workspace or adding indoor plants are helpful ways to create a more calming environment. Clutter generally lowers productivity and raises stress levels. Adding indoor plants can improve the air quality inside your working environment.
This simple form of meditation encourages an individual to focus on the moment at hand. Aetna tried this and saved the company $2,000 per employee in medical costs.
Flexible work schedules or allowing for more vacation time can make a significant improvement in employees’ happiness. Organizing a social event can help employees build comradery outside of work, improving the overall work-life culture.
Getting involved in a community outreach program can help your employees to build trust and a better sense of teamwork. Plus, you’ll be able to connect with the local community for a good cause. It’s a win-win!
Walking or cycling to work has proven to make individuals happier than “inactive” commuters (car, public transportation). Promoting an active commute can make your employees happier and healthier.
Knowing where you stand in terms of burnout levels is essential to taking next steps. Employees who self-assess are more likely to be motivated to improve their well-being. The Employee Well-Being Index provides custom resources and promotes wellness over time.
Encouraging staff members to continually assess their well-being will give them a chance to see their wellness progress. Visiting the doctor and dentist routinely is beneficial for our physical health, and we should think the same way about our mental health. By assessing their well-being regularly, your employees have a better chance of:
The insights that are gathered using the Well-Being Index are imperative to understanding employee well-being. As you routinely self-assess, you will be able to see different times of the year in which you seem to be more stressed or your health condition around the time of a major life event. The key to implementing long-lasting habits is being able to see where you began, along with your progressions and regressions.