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“1 in 5 Employees Face Burnout”- How Can Leadership Address this Issue?

Life has become quite competitive. Even before you join a new job, you start thinking of all the career possibilities there, and how you can rise to the next step on the ladder. You are constantly thinking of ways in which you can grow. While this seems nice as it gives an insight into your competitive side, there is also a con to this problem. You tend to start facing burnout early on in life. You are constantly worried about new horizons, about getting that competitive edge, and also getting started with a new career move.

If at this point in time you have to deal with a toxic leader or a manager who makes you feel inefficient, the stress goes higher and you start facing the burnout. Not only do you have a hold on your career, but also don’t have anyone to blame but yourself. The growing pressures seem to be growing and nobody seems to be interested in making things fine for you.

While you cannot address this issue, it is the leadership at your organization that has to address this issue. How would they address it? Well, here are a few things that they ought to do if they want to make a difference for their employees and give them a better working space.

>> The Issue: Know it, Identify it

It all starts with acknowledging that there is an issue that needs to be dealt with. Yes, you cannot simply say that there is no issue and wait for the burnout to go beyond the manageable limit. You have to start addressing the fact that there is an issue. Once you know that there is an issue, you need to understand the nuances of the issue. What exactly are your employees facing, and how are they responding to the situation? What is the reason for the burnout? Do the employees feel they are being overworked or, do they have to constantly deal with work pressure and a negative atmosphere? Do they feel demotivated and unfulfilled with their work all the time? Do you think they believe that the work demands are quite unreasonable for them? once the issue is known, you would be able to deal with them in a better way.

>> Catchup with the employees regularly

A weekly or monthly catch up session with the employees is essential if you want to understand how the employees are dealing with the pressures and whether or not they are stressed. You should ideally learn about how they are dealing with workplace pressures, and how they plan to achieve the workplace goals set by you. Ask them about their concerns at the workplace and if they have any issues with the current workload or distribution of the work. The idea of the catchup sessions is to allow the employees to discuss their issues and problems in detail, and then help them find out solutions to their problems.

>> Help them realize the positives

It is always important for the employees to understand the positives against the negatives. The main role of the leadership is to help the employees judge what are the good things they get to deal with. If there is an exciting project against a mundane routine, talk to the employee about that exciting project. Help them think of that exciting project against the tasks that are boring. This will help them see the positives and reduce the burnout they feel. It is all about changing the perspective, and only good leadership can help them realize how to look at things.

>> Keep appreciating them

When employees work on a small project, it is not the size of the project but their ability that needs to be seen. The efficiency with which they have completed the project needs to be appreciated. That’s why it is important that you not only motivate the employee but also appreciate every effort put in by them to complete the work. Let nothing go unnoticed as it will help you retain the employees, and encourage them to keep doing better by the day.

>> Clarity regarding job role

A lot of employees face burnout because they are unclear about what the job is all about and what is expected from them, as a manager or the leader of the organization, you ought to keep the reality known to the people in your organization. Begin by telling them about the job role, and what is expected from them. Tell them the total things they need to get done in a day and how much of multitasking they need to do for the particular job. Even if they believe they know the job, tell them once again of all the expectations. Half of the burnout occurs because they are unaware of what the job requires them to do, and how they need to deal with the work pressures. The frustrations will not exist if they are given a complete truth.

>> Incorporate stress relievers

When it comes to relieving stress or burnouts, you ought to incorporate the new-age techniques that you identify with the most. If you believe that your employees will benefit from listening to music at work, then so be it. Make the most out of this habit. Let them listen to it and allow them that opportunity. You can have meditation or yoga hours in the office to release the burnout. You can even offer flexi work hours or introduce remote working to the office environment for better work abilities.

>> Add incentives to work

A good compensation makes people want to work and reduces burnout majorly. You might want to consider increasing the compensation or adding incentives to the employee’s work so that they feel valued and their work efficiency increases. A good increase in the pay can increase the efficiency and the final output of the employee.

>> Delegate work responsibly

To get the best outcomes, you should not make one person do all the work. You should assign work according to the work schedules defined by the employee and the task they have at the moment. If you feel someone is overworked, try delegating their tasks to someone else, so that the issue of burnout does not occur. Assign tasks according to the skills the employee possesses. You might not want to assign something that is not their core competency as that will take them longer to complete, and will add to their stress levels.

>> Keep upgrading your leadership skills

You never have enough skills, always remember that. You should ideally keep improving your leadership skills, and stay abreast with the latest trends. Learn from the great leaders how they pacify their employees, and keep them from getting burned out. Attune yourself to new leadership skills. Attend some of the leadership workshops to see what you are doing wrong. The more you improve your skillset as a leader, the better you will be at your work. The employees will feel a little less burned out as a result.

Summing up

Burn out is quite common among the employees given the increased expectations and the newer heights core competencies are reaching. With the undying expectations from the employers and the rising competition in the markets, you are bound to increase the amount of work for the employees. However, make sure you are empathetic towards the needs of the employees and treat them accordingly.

For increased efficiency and reduced burnouts, you ought to improve your company’s attitude towards employees, and how they are being treated. Connect with me via email or phone to know-how leadership can address employee issues and improve the overall work-life for them.

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