Corporate wellness insights

5 Ways to Reduce Employee Burnout 

Posted by Team WCS on 04.26.2018

Stress is an unavoidable part of modern life, with one of the key forms of stress coming from external factors. How we perceive and react to threats in our everyday environment has an impact on our overall health, according to recent research.

Nowhere is environmental or situational stress more intense than in the workplace. Work environments lend themselves to intensity through the pressures of competition, role dissatisfaction, unfair compensation, and many others.

Enter “employee burnout.” The result of prolonged workplace stress or frustration, employee burnout affects those in all industries and salary brackets, is extremely costly in terms of production and turnover, and can demoralize an employee population quickly.

The question then becomes, what role do employers have in preventing burnout in their employees? Since the issue directly affects the bottom line and impedes future success, huge. Take a look at the following tips for minimizing employee unhappiness below:

Keep an “open door” policy.

An open-door policy helps workers feel heard. Taking down the barrier between a boss and their employees is great, as long as boundaries are set for confidential discussions, and employees are encouraged to think autonomously. When used correctly, it reinforces to employees that you are accessible, builds trust, and fosters closer working relationships.

Define roles and responsibilities clearly.

Feeling frustrated by ambiguous role definition is a big player in burnout rates. It’s crucial to hold group and one-on-one talks with employees to discuss job specifics, especially during periods of change, as well as to ensure roles and responsibilities are clearly outlined.

Place an emphasis on wellness.

Physical activity helps to lift burdens of stress and anxiety off your workforce. Think about offering a wellness program as part of the compensation package, encourage employees to get out and get active, through the gym, company sponsored 5k, or by using a workout app at home or in the office.

Allocate resources properly.

It’s simple—you won’t keep your hardest workers if you overload them. Figure out what resources are needed for what project and make hiring and allocation decisions accordingly. Star players can still shine and are a lot likely to stay longer than those who are consistently overworked.

Acknowledge and reward excellence. 

Similar to the point that good employees are often the ones picked to do all the work, those who aren’t being recognized or feel passed over are going to feel frustrated and resentful. Make an effort to publicly acknowledge and highlight employees who are performing well in their roles.

Recognizing and addressing signs of burnout early on will help employers retain valuable workers, troubleshoot organizational policies, and improve the bottom line. Remaining vigilant, considerate, and honest is crucial to creating a positive workplace environment that motivates employees.

This post was developed in collaboration with audio fitness brand Aaptiv. For more information about how our wellness programs can reduce employee burnout, contact our team today!

Wellness Corporate Solutions (WCS) is a leading provider of biometric screenings, health coaching, and comprehensive wellness programming. Our mission is to spread wellness in the workplace.