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HR Talk!

I'm tired! I'm stressed! I'm over it! I'm done!

Job burnout is a real thing. It is specific work-related chronic stress. It’s emotional and physical exhaustion that leads to job dissatisfaction and loss of personal happiness. Burnout at the workplace usually creeps in subtly, over time, impacting workers in a way that employers almost don’t notice.

Burnout leads to reduced productivity and increased turnover. So how can employers incorporate ways to alleviate or eliminate burnout? First, they should listen to their employees and their concerns as it relates to work overload and wellness. Employers should not assume that employees are lazy and don't want to work - hence Douglas McGregor's Theory X Theory, but really take a look at what programs or methods they can implement to help their employees be the best they can be. Second, solicit feedback from employees, promote a wellness program, and offer flexible schedules to ensure employees have a healthy work/life balance. And lastly, make sure there is a pulse of their team’s work assignments to avoid a potential burnout, and encourage team members to utilize PTO if they feel they need to step away for a moment.

Take care of your employees and they will take care of you.


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