How to Help Employees Avoid Burnout


Due to the rising cost of living and the economic climate, many people have to take on second jobs or more overtime. This, along with the fact that we are connected at all times, has led to a rise in the number of people who are close to burnout. Burnout is caused by chronic and long term stress, which leads you feeling short of energy mentally, emotionally and physically. It can leave you feeling hopeless, isolated and without anywhere to turn for help. Like a smartphone or tablet, people can feel as though their battery has been completely drained, and finding time to recharge is necessary.

There are a lot of things that cause burnout, including working in a high pressure environment and a stressful job. Having too many responsibilities and being in an emotionally draining environment can also have an impact. Sometimes, burnout is brought on by someone neglecting their own needs, such as not getting enough sleep or missing out on a healthy diet. If it’s not addressed, burnout can go on for many weeks, until you find the time to rest, recharge and recover. Luckily, there are things that you can do to help employees avoid burnout, as preventing burnout is much easier than curing it.

  • Take Time to Unplug from Technology - It’s hard to unwind and relax after work when you are constantly connected, which is why taking the time to unplug is key. It’s important to step away from having a constant stream of communication; avoid replying to work emails after you have finished for the day, and step away from your work devices when you’re enjoying time with friends, family and loved ones. It’s a lot more difficult to de-stress when you are constantly being reminded of outstanding tasks, deadlines and clients.
  • Relax Using Mindfulness - Mindfulness is an effective way of relaxing, unwinding and forgetting about your worries. It’s a way to focus your attention on something new, something other than work, and it can change your perspective.
  • Embrace Creativity - If you can, find time to be creative and let your creative juices flow. You could join a dance or drama class, take up a musical instrument or do a craft. All of these things help to reduce stress levels, which can help to keep burnout at bay.
  • Speak to Others - One of the best things you can do is speak to others about anything that’s causing you stress at work. For example, speak to a manager and ask for help, as adjustments could be made. If you are struggling to work at home, speak to loved ones and communicate how you’re feeling.
  • Have Boundaries - It’s important to take care of yourself before trying to take care of others, so make sure to set boundaries. Boundaries should be set for yourself, both at work and in your personal life. Remember, it’s okay to say no if you have too much on your plate.
Posted by: Branwell Ford