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Reducing Burnout

Updated: Feb 5, 2023

Burnout is real, and it can lead to a stress state in which employees are no longer productive and often take on more work than they can handle.

Job burnout is caused by excessive work hours, workplace stress, and work related stress. It

can lead to physical or mental exhaustion, physical or emotional exhaustion, and reduced accomplishment.

Reducing burnout

When it comes to reducing job burnout, it starts with recognising it's signs and symptoms. It’s important to be aware of your own feelings of fatigue or low motivation as well as those of your team members. You should consider if you are feeling overwhelmed by your workload or lack a sense of value in the work that you do. This can be an indicator of burnout.

To reduce burnout at work you should focus on restoring work life balance by setting boundaries. Flexible working hours can help to reduce the amount of long hours and provide additional time for life outside of your job. Doing this will help to reduce the risk of burnout and create better work, as well as having a sense of purpose in what you do.

Encourage employees to take breaks and days off when needed, so that they don’t feel overwhelmed by long hours of work. Also offering wellness incentives is an effective way which may in turn reduce stress levels.

Burnout can also be reduced by fostering deeper employee loyalty and creating a work schedule that is flexible around the employees, allowing them to have an ideal work-life balance. Cutting flexible work arrangements should not be an option, but rather fostering them and giving employees the authority to make their own decisions on their own schedules. This allows the employee to discover how they work best and help them create their own ideal workplace with less stress.

Leaders, managers and HR professionals can work together to reduce employee burnout by shaping the work environment. This is done by creating a learning community in which managers and employees are provided with the opportunity to understand each

other’s roles and perspectives more deeply. This helps build resilience while fostering a sense of support and flexibility among staff. This also helps reduce risk factors that can lead to burnout such as overworking, long hours, unrealistic expectations, or lack of communication.

Additionally, leaders should address stressors that contribute to burnout such as

tight deadlines or an unhealthy workplace culture. Leaders may also provide employees with clear goals for success and help them achieve them in fewer days or time frames than expected. This will help reduce stress levels and help eliminate burnout.

Burnout can be a debilitating state and can significantly impact employee performance and well-being. It is important for your organisation to take proactive efforts in addressing workplace burnout among team members as it contributes to the overall success of your organisation.


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