The pandemic has affected many people in a variety of ways. Within the workplace a spotlight has been brightened on the ideas of work and life balance as well as employee burnout. The subjects and conversations have brought new people to observe overall workplace wellness and maintaining a balance.
Key statistics as of 2019: 20.6% of U.S. adults experienced mental illness in 2019 (51.5 million people). This represents 1 in 5 adults. 5.2% of U.S. adults experienced serious mental illness in 2019 (13.1 million people). This represents 1 in 20 adults. Source.
Employee burnout has been increasing over the two years coinciding with the pandemic. People had to shift how they worked from home with their children now around all the time. Also, with those working from home the normal working hours have been pushed by the wayside. There has been a lack of an off switch. Employee burnout occurs due to prolonged stress or excessive work hours.
Here are some tips to destress and avoid the burnout so many are experiencing:
- Talk About It With Your Employee
Many companies have scheduled one on one meetings. Take 5 minutes outside of talking business to check in with your employee and see how they are feeling especially if you see a sudden change in attitude or performance.
- It's All About Balance
When you have the role of manager, productivity, and an overall drive towards goals within an organization’s values are priority. Maintaining an employee’s enthusiasm is important and protects them from burnout. As a manager give your employees positive affirmation even when mistakes are made. This is a confidence boost and will reduce pressure for an employee to be perfect.
- Sometimes It’s As Simple As Time Management
While stress can’t be avoided, better time management is crucial in avoiding the signs of burnout. In case you have forgotten, you’re not a robot. Know your limitations. One of the easiest ways manage your time would be to focus on no more than three things that you want to complete in a day. This is not always feasible. You can try creating a master list. For some the list will be long and appear impossible. It will be ok. Go through the list and arrange by date specific responsibilities like your own project manager.
- Encourage Employees To Walk Away
Stress within companies is inevitable. Stress is a precursor to burnout, but it doesn’t have to take over your employee’s psyche. Encourage your workers to get up from their desk every 30 min and walk away, get a drink of water, take some time for meditation. When it is time for lunch encourage them to go for a walk and not eat at their desk. A clear mind and a resetting of the soul can do wonders for avoiding burnout.
- Appreciation Should Be More Than A Pat on The Back
Jobs can be frustrating and draining when goals need to be met and deadlines are tight, especially when the workload is heavy. When you appreciate your employees for a job well done, they feel a bigger part of the organization. Show that appreciation through social posts and mentions within your company social feed or send them notes of praise. You can even go above that and bring in their favorite treat.
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