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How to Avoid Employee Burnout

Part 2

We’re all still dealing with, 18 months and counting, of the COVID-19 pandemic, which caused havoc in the business world that still continues. This makes identifying and addressing employee stress and burnout more important than ever.

A 2018 study on workplace stress by Duke University found that stress was responsible for over 70% of workplace accidents, 50 percent of absenteeism and over $300 billion in associated costs. So it’s crucial to manage workplace stress before it starts to affect company performance.

It helps to first identify which stress triggers may be embedded into your workplace, the work your employees do, and your own reaction to potential triggers.

9 Signs of a Stressed and Toxic Workplace

  1. Your input is not valued.

  2. Policies are unfair or not applied equally.

  3. Communication is infrequent or unclear.

  4. Leaderships shows a lack of transparency.

  5. Employee morale is low.

  6. Bullying, both obvious and subtle, takes place.

  7. Rumor and gossip are common.

  8. The workload is too high for a number of employees.

  9. Leadership lacks empathy and doesn’t value employees.

Yet while we may not have control over our workplace environment, there are proven ways to help reduce employee stress and increase well-being. overall wellbeing and avoid workplace burnout. If your employees (or you) are feeling any of the following symptoms, they are likely experiencing burn out, and it’s time to take action.

10 Signs of Workplace Burnout

  1. Anxiety, irritability and depression.

  2. Lack of interest in work.

  3. Trouble sleeping.

  4. Fatigue.

  5. Trouble concentrating.

  6. Frequent headaches or stomach issues.

  7. Overeating or loss of appetite.

  8. Withdrawal from socializing.

  9. Increased absenteeism.

  10. New or increased use of alcohol or drugs.

For leadership, high employee turnover, decreased productivity and a lack of employee investment in outcomes are signs that the company culture is contributing to workplace burnout. Employee health has been linked to productivity at work, so there’s incentive for leadership to create a work environment that promotes employee well-being.

At Boost Midwest, our management experts, and our knowledge base in best practices, can help reinvest employees in their work, raise productivity levels, and make the workplace a happier place for everyone.

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