As entrepreneurs, we must make sure to take care of our most important assets: our employees. In addition to meeting the demands of your business, your employees are parents, spouses, volunteers, family members '¦ the list goes on. The stresses of work and life are an ever-present concern, and effective leaders and business owners must understand how those demands impact productivity, efficiency and culture in the workplace. As if life and work weren't stressful enough, the pandemic added a global and unexpected strain on families, finances, relationships and the workplace. Today, employee burnout is more prevalent than ever: In a recent Indeed survey, over 50% of respondents reported feeling burnt out in 2021, up from the 43% who reported feeling that way pre-COVID-19. More than two thirds of survey responders reported their burnout has gotten worse over the course of the pandemic.
As the world begins to work toward some form of 'œnormal' again, employers must now more than ever ensure the work health of each of their employees.
Burnout is the state of emotional, physical and mental exhaustion caused by excessive and prolonged stress. It is the responsibility and privilege of every entrepreneur, business owner and leader to ensure the workplace supports a culture of productivity and efficiency, and that starts and ends with your employees.
Employee burnout is largely a gradual and unrecognized process. Being stressed, overwhelmed and overworked have become normalized in many businesses '” regardless of sector '” and because of that, many symptoms of stress go unnoticed.
Approximately 75% to 90% of doctor office visits are from stress-related ailments. Furthermore, chronic stress has been linked directly to affecting the brain. This said, if our most valuable assets '” our employees '” are experiencing these symptoms, then they are certainly not operating at an optimal level, which means your organization is not operating at an optimal level.
Because of this, it's important to check in with your employees. Questions to ascertain if an employee feels supported and appreciated at work are integral to gauge how your employees view their experience at work and holds the ability to project employee morale and efficiency.
There are several ways you can support an employee through burnout; however, the more meaningful discussion is how to prevent it. As entrepreneurs and leaders, we must understand that employee burnout costs our companies money.
There are numerous ways you can help prevent burnout in the workplace. The key is to remember your most important assets '“ your employees. Always maintain a pulse on the needs of your organization, and that starts and ends with those responsible for ensuring the success of your vision.
Structure, effective communication and consistency are great ways to start the effort of employee burnout prevention, and the business benefits are well worth it. It’s time to invest in your most important asset!
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