Yes, burnout is real. It can formally be described as a state of emotional, mental, and physical exhaustion that is caused by excessive and prolonged stress. What exactly does that look like? Employees get disengaged, they begin losing interest in what they’re doing at work, and soon enough, they’ll go out and find a new one.
Burnout is the last thing employers want people to experience at their workplace. Yet Millennial Burnout Syndrome is a prevalent worry where millennials are constantly getting burnt out and “job-hopping” becomes the norm. Though it’s easy to cast aside the idea that burnout is something that is a persisting problem throughout many generations and hope that it’s something the next generation’s (Gen Z’s) workforce will magically miss, we can’t and we shouldn’t. The Gen Z workforce is busting through the doors and if employers begin disregarding burnout as an issue, they’ll see the same costly “job-hopping” trend in a new generation. Here are five solutions that’ll help your company through employee boredom and drive employee engagement up:
1. Make employees part of the big picture.
Share with your employees where you see the company going and what you intend to do to reach those goals. Then give them the opportunity to make a difference through the work they are doing and give them the chance to help guide your company to success. Don’t micromanage but hand them the tools they need and allow them to see how their work is actually making a difference.
2. Help them grow.
No one wants to stay in the same role forever. Take each employee’s career path seriously and provide them with the support, training, and mentoring they need to succeed. If you see that they’re excelling in one area and really love doing that part of their job - give them the chance to actually do it. If you help each and every employee grow along with the company, you’ll notice a big change towards the work they’ll help your company do along the way.
3. Recognize and reward achievements.
Achievement and recognition for accomplishments are high motivating factors for any employee. If they were able to reach their goals, reward it. Recognize that your employees are doing an amazing job and acknowledge it. Even a short verbal acknowledgement goes a long way. It’s the small stuff that can add up.
4. Encourage communication at the workplace.
Strong and good communication between your team members is always the foundation of what makes a great team. Create spaces where people will feel comfortable sharing their ideas and collaborate. Don’t scrutinize them for wanting to talk about their weekends in the break room. Heck, encourage it. You’re working together at least five days a week for 40+ hours. Trust me when I say it’s a lot easier for a group to collaborate when it’s already easy for them to get along.
5. Make work-life balance a priority.
Take their benefits, work environment, vacation policies, and overall wellness into account. Show your employees that you trust them to be able to do their job and be able to take care of themselves properly. Have flexible vacation or work policies. Create spaces where employees are able to do something in the office that isn’t just work (yoga, ping pong, something stress-relieving). It’s important that you’re providing a positive work experience that will add to a richer, more fulfilling life.
Bottom line: burnout sucks. Not just for the employer but for the employee as well. Take the measures in ensuring your employees are happy and reap the success in the positive changes that come along with it.
What are some tips you have for employee burnout? Leave it in the comments below!