11 Dec 2019
A company’s biggest asset is undoubtedly its employees. Motivated employees can be the difference between a company making profit or going under, especially during these tough economic conditions.
However, with the many advances in digitalisation, employees are now under considerably more stress for longer hours of the day than previous generations. This often leads to employees burning out!
The World Health Organisation (WHO) classifies “burn-out” as a syndrome resulting from chronic workplace stress that has not been successfully managed. According to WHO, burn-out has three components, namely:
-Feelings of energy depletion or exhaustion.
-Increased mental distance from one’s job, or feelings of negativism or cynicism related to one’s job.
-Reduced professional efficacy.
These could have devastating ramifications for any employer. When employees start burning out, their work quality deteriorates and start developing stress-related illnesses, which leads to more days off work. The American Institute of Stress estimates stress causes one million workers in the United States to miss work every day, while US businesses lose up to $300 billion each year as a result of workplace stress.
Can your business really afford employees burning out? Unfortunately, most can’t! That’s why businesses need to take better care of their biggest asset, their employees.
Top tips to keep employees from burning out:
POSITIVE FEEDBACK: Take the time to give employees positive feedback, this will help build a lasting relationship between employees and employers.
REWARD: Rewarding employees can be a powerful tool to help boost morale!
TIME OFF: Promoting employees to take regular breaks or leave could decrease sick days.
CLARITY: When briefing work, provide clear deadlines and expectations. This helps employees plan their work schedules.
Go on, be the WOW in your employee’s day!