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Seeing Employees Burnout? Here’s What to Do

November 13th, 2018

It’s the most wonderful time of the year. And yet, for many of your workers, it’s also the busiest. You need them to get projects completed and out the door before December 31st. But at the same time, they’re strapped for time and energy between all their work and personal obligations.

What can you do when you start to see them crumble? Here are some tips from Provisional – one of Coeur d’Alene’s top staffing firms – for dealing with burnout, so it doesn’t sabotage your team:

Provide clear expectations.

If employees are taking on too much and stretched too thin, meet with them to help recalibrate. Talk about year-end goals and what’s a priority. Also discuss those tasks and initiatives that can wait until next year. Finally, make sure they have the resources and support needed to meet your expectations.

Show your appreciate.

Sometimes, all employees need is for you to show them a little appreciation. They’ve been working hard and if it’s unnoticed, they’re not going to want to keep it up. That’s why it’s so important to offer regular feedback and praise. Get specific when you recognize them and tell them in detail how their contributions have helped the company. They’ll feel more engaged and motivated as a result.

Encourage time off.

You might have a lot of work to get done. But you don’t want your employees there around the clock. It will hurt both them and your team in the long run. It’s therefore important to encourage reasonable work hours and for employees to take the time off that’s due to them. This will create a healthier culture, one with less stress and more productive employees.

Keep off-hours communications to a minimum.

When employees don’t ever feel like they can fully unplug, it’s going to add to their stress level. Instead, make sure you only contact them outside of work hours when absolutely necessary. Otherwise, aim to keep workplace communications going just during standard business hours and give your employees the break from the office they need.

Build more flexibility into their schedule.

Another way to combat stress is to enable employees to take advantage of more scheduling flexibility during the holidays. Create flex hours or let them work from home more often than you typically allow. Offer an extra day of paid vacation between Thanksgiving and year’s end where employees can get holiday activities done, so they don’t feel stressed. This will help to alleviate anxiety so when they’re on the job, they can truly focus.

Is your company dealing with a lack of manpower during the holiday season?

Let Provisional, one of Coeur d’Alene’s top staffing firms, help. Whether you need to add to your team for the long-term or you require short-term, temporary assistance, we can give you access to the people you need, where and when you need them. Simply contact our team today to learn more.

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