Trying to grow your business while still maintaining regular business operations is a challenging feat to accomplish. You likely have everyone in your business working at maximum capacity at all times to ensure everything runs smoothly — and likely, your employees are feeling tired, overwhelmed and defeated.
Although your main focus is growing your business, it’s important to remember the people who are making this happen — your employees. If they’re feeling burned out because of all this extra work that’s put upon them, it’s not healthy for them or your business.
To prevent employee burnout, remember to take these points into consideration.
Spot the Symptoms and Intervene When Appropriate
When you’re coming into the office each day to manage your business, you generally get to know your employees fairly well. You might know their personality, which tasks they’re the best at, and even remember their favorite lunch order. However, if you notice any changes in their personality or work ethic, you should take a closer look to see if it’s evidence of employee burnout. Some of the common signs are:
- Lack of motivation
- Frequent absences or lateness
- Expressing frustration
- Increased anxiety
If you see any of these symptoms in your employees, it’s best to have a one-on-one, constructive chat with your employee. Ask them what’s going on, let them vent, and see if there’s a way you can alleviate the situation.
Take a Moment to Understand Personalities
The employees who are the most likely to feel burned out are those who have overachieving, perfectionist, or pessimist personalities. These employees are more likely to get frustrated with the workload because they want to accomplish each task with the best of their ability, and sometimes double or triple check their work. Although this is a positive work ethic in a normal work environment, in times of growth, sometimes there’s simply not enough time to produce high-quality work. These employees probably feel crunched for time all the time, and get stressed out about the workload.
To understand your employees to the best of your ability, instruct them to set aside time to take a personality test, such as the Myers-Briggs. Not only will it help you to understand them better, but your employees will be able to understand themselves better, and they can monitor their behaviors accordingly.
Remember to Recognize Your Employees for Their Hard Work
In the high-pressure environment of growing a business, it’s easy to focus on just doing the tasks at hand to get through the day. However, it’s just as important to remember the people who are accomplishing these tasks. Make sure your employees get the recognition they deserve for their hard work by spotlighting someone during a company meeting or treating your employees to a bagel breakfast.