Work life can be stressful, as can home life. Being overloaded by one or the combination of both of the stresses is known as burnout, and it’s dangerous. Burnout is a major problem among working people in the United States. It’s important to recognize the signs of burnout among your employees, and to know how to combat the negative affects having the condition brings. Paul Saunders, the CEO of James River Capital, has some pointers on how to spot the signs of it.
Employees may be feeling a loss of control. If they think that they can’t keep up with schedules or that their time isn’t managed wisely they may feel hopeless and begin to suffer burnout. To help combat this, Saunders recommends having schedules and policies that are flexible and accommodating. It’s also wise to encourage employees to begin their day by outlining goals they’d like accomplish during the day. This helps to give control back to them.
When employees feel like they’re out of the loop, it leads to negative feelings and an abundance of stress. Saunders recommends being completely open and honest with your employees. For any decision that’s made, make sure your employees fully understand the decision and it’s consequences. They should also comprehend your reasoning for making such a decision and – even if they don’t agree with it – be able to understand it from your perspective. This lets them feel like they’re part of the team, and trusted.
Workers need to feel that they can relax and detach from the job. Make sure your employees have the right attitudes: Their job is merely a job – not their life. Their stress can lead to extreme anger or sadness, so make sure that the workplace is a comfortable and relaxed environment where employees can feel at ease while they work.
The major cause of burnout and stress among employees is just an overall lack of confidence. Make it a major point in your work to check in with your employees and reassure them that they’re doing well, and that their work is fine. Helping them to set reasonable personal goals is also a good idea. In addition to that, setting achievable goals in their work will help them to feel more valuable and to avoid having burnout and stress. An engaged employee with something to conquer is an employee that’s happy!
Burnout is a major problem in offices all across America, especially since the advent of smartphones and social media services. Luckily, this advice will help you combat burnout and employee stress very effectively. Since James River Capital has become one of the country’s premier investment advisory services, it’s safe to say that CEO Paul Saunders knows what he’s talking about!