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Some amount of stress in the workplace is normal, but too much can cause burnout. With ongoing challenges in the workplace today, it’s imperative that burnout prevention be a high priority within your culture. Not only do you need to model the behavior of a healthy workplace, but you also need to pay attention to the early warning signs that a team member is heading in that direction.

Some of the warning signs of burnout include:

  • absenteeism
  • declining performance
  • low energy levels
  • loss of focus
  • and even moodiness

So how do you prevent these from happening?

  • Celebrate the wins. Taking the time to celebrate company successes and accomplishments throughout the year provides the opportunity to reduce employee stress and interject some fun into the workplace.  
  • Time off. Encourage employees to take time off. A well-planned three-day weekend or short vacation staggered throughout the year can go a long way in maintaining a work-life balance.
  • Share words of encouragement. Providing honest appreciation throughout the year can go a long way in fighting burnout. These gestures can be big or small from simple posts on the company site highlighting employees’ accomplishments and hard work to hosting a dinner to show appreciation for the past quarter or year.
  • Limit last-minute projects. Evaluate if those last-minute projects need to be assigned and completed by year-end. No one likes last-minute projects, especially projects that are not time sensitive and can be pushed back.
  • Balance your resources. Check-in regularly with employees to determine who needs assistance and if current priorities require shifting resources to balance workloads. Employees experiencing a large workload may be able to get help from another employee with more bandwidth to assist.
  • Model and focus on wellness. Encourage employees to take breaks. Do a quick yoga workout, ride a bike, or walk. Remind employees of the company’s employee assistance program (EAP) and encourage its use.

Doing a few simple things consistently over time can go a long way to fighting burnout. By creating a culture that provides the right mindset and tools, you can support a healthy environment that enables employees to be productive throughout the year.

For more insight or assistance with burnout, reach out to your PuzzleHR specialist today!




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