Employee engagement is one of the essential aspects of an organisation’s longevity. However, in today’s hectic world, this engagement is constantly threatened by employee’s workplace burnout. This results in low productivity and high staff turnover, negatively impacting the organisation’s bottom line.
Dealing with employee workplace fatigue should start at the very top of the organisation i.e. the HR managers. They should be adequately trained to handle this situation within themselves as well as employees.
1. Give Clear Set of Objectives
Without clear objectives, employees will fly blind, lack purpose, and direction. This is more evident when a new employee is hired and his role is not properly communicated to him. He will work hard without any clear objectives only to find his work go unrecognised and unrewarded. So, communicate properly with the employee and make it clear what his roles and responsibilities are and how he is supposed to do it.
2. Give Adequate Training to Employees
Employees need adequate training to excel in their roles. They require the correct skills and knowledge to be more productive. Even though most employees when joining an organisation are well-qualified, further training is often required to enhance their skills and align them with their job roles. This will remove the stresses related to the struggle to fulfill company objectives without having the requisite skills.
3. Provide Adequate Support to Stressed Employees
Employee stress can reach severe levels if adequate support is not offered in due time. This results in low productivity and higher levels of burnout. It is essential for employees going through stress to talk about their issues with HR managers and other higher-ups within the company.
Employers should look to introduce formal support systems for their employees within their organisation to help reduce employee burnout. Make sure they are well-publicised within the company and employees feel comfortable using them.
4. Promote a Better Work-Life Balance
Work hard and play hard is an over-used mantra in the business world and is often assumed all employees share the same needs. Employers should be able to understand that ideal work-life balance is not the same for everyone. Everyone has different views on work-life balance and it needs to be respected and supported by the management. It is essential to recognise when employees are striking a poor work-life balance and ensure he gets adequate time to maintain personal happiness, family harmony, and have ample free-time to recharge their batteries and contribute productively to the company’s growth.