How to Prevent Employee Burnout

October 21st, 2014

When a team of employees has been working extensively on the same project, you risk employee burnout. When employees burn out, productivity and morale can drastically decrease. As the employer, it’s your responsibility to make sure you reduce the potential for employee burnout when possible. Here are some ways you can prevent employee burnout: 

Encourage Employees to Take Vacation. 

Some employees view taking vacation as “bad.” They are afraid to ask for time off or to travel far away from the workplace. You should encourage your employees to take vacation for several reasons. Vacation will refresh your employees, while taking their mind off work. When they return, they are rested and ready to tackle the job with renewed vigor and insight. In addition, taking a break often increases their appreciation for the routine of going back to work. 

Assign Different Tasks to Longstanding Employees. 

If the tasks your employees are working on can be interchanged, make it a point to do so every few months. This will prevent your employees from feeling frustrated or bored throughout the course of their employment. You might also be surprised at the new results you see from assigning your employees different tasks. 

Encourage Team Collaboration. 

If your employees are working on tasks alone, this can often lead to burnout because the employee feels that s/he has nowhere to turn. Encourage your employees to collaborate with one another on certain tasks that lend themselves to teamwork. Your employees will have a fresh perspective on their work, and hopefully, will make meaningful connections in the process.

Hire Temps

Rather than keeping your permanent staff on continual overtime, hire temps in the busy season or for extended projects. You will not only prevent burnout in your permanent staff, but also save money. Temp employees usually cost less per/hour than paying your permanent staff overtime. 

Treat Your Employees. 

Working on the same tasks repeatedly can be mundane. Strive to bring some excitement to the workplace by treating your employees on occasion. This could be as simple as taking your employees out to lunch or bringing donuts in the morning. Stop by their office/cubicle and say thanks or include a written thank you with their paycheck. Your employees will feel appreciated and will be that much more motivated to work harder for you. 

If you are in need of temp employees or additional permanent staff, contact Olympic Staffing. We will fill the gap and help you prevent employee burnout.

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