As many as 1 in 5 employees experience burnout symptoms. As an employer, you naturally want to do everything possible to keep burnout symptoms as low as possible within the organization. Research shows that employee satisfaction is directly related to good performance. If employees are overwhelmed by stress, this can also have major consequences for the organization. We would like to give you some tips to reduce the likelihood of burnout within the organization.
Continue to communicate regularly with employees. Especially now that we, still, have many teams that work (partly) from home, it is important to keep a connection with each other. schedule weekly team and 1-on-1 meetings and plan them well. This way you keep in touch with each other and everyone knows what is going on internally and on a personal level.
Manage the workload
It is important that managers keep an eye on workload among employees. Tasks should be distributed evenly within the teams, and when an employee indicates that the workload is too high, it is the manager's job to work with the employee to prioritize the work and, if necessary, take work away and redistribute it to the team.
Make sure employees feel comfortable setting boundaries
Some employees find it difficult to refuse work or ask for deadline extensions when they have a lot to do. They may even think they could get in trouble with their managers if they refuse to take on a task. When employees are working at maximum capacity and are given extra work, they should feel safe to say "no" and ask their managers for support.
Offer flexible working hours
We no longer live in a time when everyone works a fixed 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. hours. Employees also place a high priority on other things that may fall within those hours, such as picking up the children at school. By offering flexibility in working hours, as an employer you are also helping to improve the work-life balance of employees, thereby reducing the risk of stress and burnout.
People who work solo are more likely to suffer from stress or burnout symptoms. after all, they feel they are always on their own. By motivating employees to work in teams, you reduce the likelihood of this feeling and thus the likelihood of stress and burnout symptoms.
Provide support for dealing with burnout at work
You may have already taken many measures to prevent burnout, but it is inevitable that some employees will still experience stress. This is okay because people have different resilience, and sometimes burnout is fueled by problems in their personal lives. Discuss with the HR department what resources should be developed and made available for people who experience burnout at work. Consider mental health helplines, assistance programs, contacts with therapists and reduced workload arrangements. Not the right contacts? New Human Management has a team of specialists in coaching and therapy and is happy to help.
Introduce 'mental health' days
Once a year it is Mental Health day, but of course that is not enough to actually actively work on mental health. Ever thought about offering mental health days? These are days off that employees can take, no questions asked. They can use these when they need a moment and moment to relax.
Encourage full use of vacation days
Encourage employees to make full use of all vacation days. Many employees do not utilize all vacation days. Carrying a few days over to the next year is not a bad thing, but it should not be too many. Rest is important. Do you see an employee going on and on? If so, alert them to making use of the days off.
Recognition for hard work and good performance is very important. Be honest in giving compliments. Also, don't give an abundance of compliments so that it still remains authentic.
Give a good reward in annual reviews and also give a review over the full year and don't just grab last moments or occurrences.
We hope that with these tips you can bring down the stress level in the workplace within the organization a bit again. For a truly effective and efficient approach to lowering sickness levels within the organization, our experienced coaches are at your service.