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How Companies Can Help Employees Battle Burnout

How Companies Can Help Employees Battle Burnout

While having a conversation with a friend on how their job was going, they kept stating the fact that they felt way too much stress in their life, and they were completely burnt out in their position.

Most of us have been there, or we know someone who has.

The main contributors to burnout are unfair compensation, workload, overtime or after-hours work.

According to recent surveys by Kronos and Future Workplace, “employee burnout has reached epidemic proportions” as stated by Charles DeWitt, Vice President For Business Development at Kronos.

So how can companies help their employees battle burnout and stress overload?

Engagement

Really get to know your staff, take a concerned interest in their work-life balance. Get to know their families, hobbies, and interests. What is most important to them? Do they have children or grandchildren in sports? Remember their names and ask how they’re doing this season. Understand their spousal situation and take an active interest in their lives as well. Host company social events that include the family. Going beyond the “hey, how are you today?” conversations with your employees will make them feel like an active and valuable member of the team.

Appreciation

On that note, remind your employees that they aren’t just another cog in the wheel. A little bit of appreciation really does go a long way! Have a true open door policy so they feel comfortable talking with you when they have issues or celebrating with you when they have wins. Once in a while, go out of your way to just say “thank you.” Buy lunch for the team or let them clock out a little early on Friday. The all-around appreciation will motivate everyone and boost employee morale.

Discovery

Helping them find the original “WHY” they chose this career path in the first place. Oftentimes, employees can lose their way along their career path. Maybe they’ve been in this position longer than they anticipated, maybe they feel a nagging to do something more. What they are really looking for is guidance. When they joined your team, there was a reason and a motivation behind it. Don’t let them lose sight of that along the way!

Great employees are a huge asset to any company or organization. Letting your staff know they are appreciated from the top down through the organizational chart has become a lost art and must be revisited constantly in order to retain and inspire your best talent.

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How To Retain Your Company’s Biggest Asset – Your Employees

How To Retain Your Company's Biggest Asset - Your Employees

In a candidate-driven market, employers are finding it more and more difficult to retain their employees. At this point, you need to keep employees feeling engaged or watch your top talent go to the dark side and get hired by your competitors. Knowing how expensive turnover can be for your company, it’s important to focus on keeping and fulfilling your current team, in addition to taking advantage of the job market and hiring new A-players. Here are a few things you can do to minimize turnover on your team:

Fork Out The Cash

Forecast the budget and bottom line and when you are profitable, reward your employees with wage hikes and/or bonus incentives.

Increase Employee Time Off

Be the kind of employer that understands that most employees value time off as a reward. Give perceptible accolades and come up with incentives for work/life balance

Give Reviews

Conduct reviews in a constructive way, highlighting employee attributes as well as shortcomings. Set achievable goals and benchmarks for those goals.

Be The SME (Subject Matter Expert) On Your Employees

Take the time to get to know everyone on a personal level. If you don’t know the names of your employees spouses, significant others, or children, then shame on you!

Mandatory Fun Days

Even the United States Army utilizes off-site work parties to promote cohesion. Events help leadership project a team mentality and at company expense, it shows a value and investment in staff members.

Eliminate Office Gossip

Keep the gossiping to a zero level in the office, especially if you are in a Managerial role. Do not partake in talking negatively about anyone. It will create an unproductive environment and foster division among your team.

Showcase Opportunities

Work is life, so give every opportunity possible for those who excel and want to continue improving. Recognize that advancement and professional growth is rewarding to your company.

Check Your “Dictator Attitude” At The Door

Absolute power corrupts absolutely. Statements such as, “because I said so,” “because I’m the boss, ” or “do not think above your paygrade,” will destroy original thought and independent ideas and create and Us. Them mindset.

Be The Example

Never come to work irritable or frustrated. Remember, you set the tone for the entire team. Attitude reflects leadership, so always project confidence and pride in what you are doing because you control the atmosphere of the whole office.