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Prevent employee burnout with these suggestions

Business Technology | May 18, 2011

Employee burnout is something that many of us have seen in others or experienced ourselves. Repetitive tasks and overwhelming workloads can easily get the best of us. Fortunately, there are plenty of simple ways to both combat and stop employee burnout before anybody reaches his or her breaking point.

Preventing burnout

  • Have fun – Making room for fun can alleviate some stress and help to keep employees inspired when they are on the brink of burnout.
  • Switch it up – Let employees work on new projects or teams when they’ve been focusing on one thing for a long time, like Facebook is doing with Hackamonth.
  • Encourage breaks – It’s excellent to have employees that don’t want to stop working until they get things finished. Unfortunately, those are the people that are certain to burn out fastest. If you have employees like this, encourage them to take walks or go on a coffee run – anything to keep them from going stir crazy.

When burnout simply can’t be prevented, these ideas can help minimize its ripple effects.

How to cope with burnout

  • Accept it – Burnout isn’t always avoidable so it’s important to be conscious of the signs such as lethargy, decreased socializing or irritability.
  • Communicate – Growing businesses often experience transformations that leave employees frustrated. Making sure your employees know that they can talk to you is a terrific way to stop burnout before it gets out of control.

Employee burnout can’t always be avoided but there are a number of ways to cope with it when it happens. Implementing these suggestions can help keep burnout at bay and help your employees cope with it.

If you’d like more ideas on fighting employee burnout, take a look at this article.


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