10 Tips on Avoiding Employee Burnout

By Andrew Willis
27 Jun 2019

We’re all aware of employee burnout—when an employee has been working too hard for too long it can all become too much.

Soon, however, it’ll be more than just a term used as a catch-all for employees feeling stressed.

According to the World Health Organisation, burn-out is chronic workplace stress that has not been successfully managed, and therefore will be globally recognised as a medical condition as of 2020.

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10 Tips on Avoiding Employee Burnout

If not managed properly, burnout can have a significant impact on employees, resulting in physical, intellectual, emotional or behavioural issues. In 2017/18, 15.4 million working days were lost due to work-related stress.

So how can employers avoid this arising in their organisation?

  1. Make sure staff take their breaks

Remind employees that they’re entitled to take a break from their work and take steps to make sure they are doing this. For example, you could prohibit staff from eating at their desks to stop them from working through lunch.

  1. Do not permit excessive levels of overtime

Employees need time away from work to recuperate and refresh themselves.  Whilst overtime can be a useful tool in getting extra work done, you should not expect them to regularly have to work overtime in order to finish their everyday tasks outside of normal hours.

  1. Prevent home working

If employees are regularly taking work home with them, you should re-think how workloads are distributed and if your workforce is large enough to handle the demands of the company.

  1. Consider allowing flexible working hours

This can help employees to maintain a balanced work and home life and better manage any commitments outside of work, such as raising a young family.

  1. Regularly evaluate employee performance

Identify areas where employees are struggling with workloads or workplace pressures and consider making changes.

  1. Train managers to look out for signs of stress

This can include irritableness, fall in performance, visible fatigue, increased levels of sensitivity or deliberate isolation.

  1. Maintain strong communication levels

Employees should be encouraged to speak to their managers about any issues they may be having in the workplace.

  1. Have a zero-tolerance for bullying

Bullying can add greatly to stresses of the normal working day and make it much harder for your employees to do their job. Make sure all employees, including managers, are aware of the consequences for any issues of bullying, harassment or discrimination.

  1. Use an Employee Assistance Programme

EAPs can encourage greater discussion and identify any workplace factors having a negative effect upon the employee.

  1. Create and maintain a wellbeing policy

This can outline any support that your company offers to employees who are suffering from workplace stress due to work-related or personal factors.

Need support managing employee burnout?

Speak to a Croner expert today for HR support and guidance on 01455 858 132.

About the Author

Andrew Willis

Andrew Willis is the senior manager of the Litigation and Employment Department and assumes additional responsibility for managing Croner’s office based telephone HR advisory teams, who specialise in employment law, HR and commercial legal advice for small & large organisations across the United Kingdom.





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