The corporate world can take its toll on those working in it, and stressful work hours often cause burnout and resentment.
Of course, the company must produce results, but overworked employees make more mistakes, miss more deadlines, and are more likely to quit. That doesn’t bode well for your bottom line.
It’s in everyone’s best interest to take employee mental health seriously.
Here are 6 proactive ways to prevent employee burnout.
Communicate With Your Employees
One of the leading reasons your employees get overworked is lack of listening to their needs. Make your office a place where the employees can come to you with whatever issues they have. Honest, open communication means your employees will let you know if their working hours need to change and if anything in the office makes them burn out.
Set Realistic Deadlines
Deadlines keep everyone focused, but unrealistic deadlines increases stress. If a certain task needs 3 days to be adequately done, setting the deadline at one day is not feasible. A longer deadline reduces the workload, and the attention given to work will improve.
Choose the Right Work Hours
Most people hate going to work because of the long hours. Let them take sick days off without making it feel like they’ll be punished for it. Also, include at least one day off every work week so your employees are well-rested enough to concentration on their jobs.
Set Up Shifts for Round-the-Clock Work
If your business requires people working into the night, consider organizing shifts. You can get contractors to outsource freelancers for you. Working in shifts helps everyone get enough rest and still keep production going.
Organize Team Building Exercises
Organize team-building exercises to help get your employees moving around and destress. Have time for them to unwind, either by hanging out in the break room or playing a board game.
Schedule Time for Breaks
Schedule breaks throughout the day to refresh your employees and so everyone has a chance to catch their breath. Breaks keep their energy levels up even on a busy work day, and motivated employees deliver better results.
Implement these tips this week to increase employee morale and boost production in your company.
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