It’s that time of year where the office often feels deserted. The weather is warm, kids are out of school, and it seems like everyone is on vacation. As a business owner, this can be frustrating. Every time you realize someone is out of the office, you feel that pang of lost productivity. But, have you considered what not allowing your employees time to rest and recharge could cost you?
Employee burnout is a serious business issue. Emotional exhaustion from too much work and not enough rest leads to lower productivity, worse employee attitudes, and negative company culture. Allowing your employees time off to rest and recharge has them returning to the office rested and excited to get back to work.
Think about this. A burned-out employee who makes $30/hr spends half the day unproductively. If this goes on for a month, it becomes a $2,640 loss. How can you avoid this issue?
- Help Employees Set Realistic Goals – When employees set overly aggressive goals, they feel overworked, or inadequate if they don’t meet them. You want ambitious employees, but you want to keep them that way long term. Setting realistic expectations, and having conversations around goal setting goes a long way in preventing burnout.
- Complement a Job Well Done – Most of us can remember a boss who never said a word when things were going well, and came down like a ton of bricks when they weren’t. Don’t be this boss. If someone does a good job, tell them. It can be as simple as sending an email or mentioning an achievement in passing. These small acts go a long way in making employees feel appreciated and preventing burnout.
- Encourage Employees to Take Leave Instead of Cash it Out – Never taking a day off puts employees on the fast track for burnout. Stepping away to rest and refresh boosts creativity and productivity. Make sure your company culture encourages employees to use their leave, your bottom line will thank you for it.
- Provide Necessary Training – Feelings of inadequacy lead to imposter syndrome and create unhappy employees. Make sure your employees get the training they need to succeed and provide ample opportunities for them to improve on the skills they already have.
- Promote a Happy Office Environment – No one wants to work in an environment that makes them feel emotionally depleted by the end of the day. Promote a happy, positive work environment by setting a good example and finding small ways to keep the energy up. You can do this by hosting an office competition, or bringing in bagels for breakfast.
Don’t let burned-out employees drag down your bottom line and create a toxic work environment. Get out ahead of burnout by making sure your personnel enjoys a positive working environment, can access exceptional training opportunities, and feels appreciated.