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Mental & Emotional Health: Preventing Burnout in the Workplace
As business leaders, we are always looking at ways to increase productivity and get the most out of our team. But as output increases and capacity decreases for your employees, it is important to monitor your employees’ wellbeing. Mental and emotional health is an important topic that carries over to today’s workplaces.
It’s important to be able to identify signs that an employee is burning out. These signs may vary from employee to employee, industry to industry, and workload to workload, but here is a list of some common signs that an employee may be suffering:
- Decreased motivation or enthusiasm for work
- Chronic fatigue or exhaustion
- Increased irritability or impatience with coworkers or clients
- Lack of concentration or focus
- Increased absenteeism or tardiness
- Decreased productivity or quality of work
- Apathy or a sense of detachment from work or colleagues
- Reduced job satisfaction
If you notice these signs, it may be a good idea to step in and nurture your employees so that they don’t burn out. Caring for your employees’ wellbeing and preventing burnouts will have several positive impacts on your business, including employee retention, higher engagement, and increased productivity. Here are some ideas from the Society of Human Resources Management that you could implement to help prevent or alleviate employee burnout:
- Providing adequate resources, training, and support to help employees do their job effectively.
- Offering flexible work schedules or remote work options to allow employees to better balance work and personal responsibilities.
- Encouraging and supporting breaks and time off to rest and recharge.
- Promoting a positive and supportive work culture that values employee wellbeing and work-life balance.
- Offering employee assistance programs (EAPs) that provide mental health support and resources.
- Providing opportunities for professional development and growth to help employees feel challenged and engaged.
- Encouraging open communication and feedback to address any issues or concerns that may contribute to burnout.
- Recognizing and rewarding employees for their hard work and achievements.
- Encouraging healthy lifestyle habits such as exercise and healthy eating, mental health days, and the use of paid time off for self-care.
The Employer Group has experienced HR consultants who can assist you in keeping your staff healthy and productive. Contact us for more information!
This information does not constitute legal advice.