A single stressed employee could have several explanations, like circumstances outside the office. When you notice multiple people and several teams expressing tell-tale signs of stress, like irritability, absences, and waning enthusiasm, you might have to consider the problem is something at your company. If you want to keep your team from getting burnt out, here are five helpful tips.

 1. Set the expectations

When an employee isn’t sure of what he or she should be doing, it can cause them to feel stress in their work. Or if they know what they should be doing and feel stressed by everything that needs to be done, it can lead to similar feelings.

As an employer, you have to make sure your team understands what is expected of them when it comes to their duties on the job. Obviously, you want them to perform the appropriate tasks, but make it clear it should never be at the cost of their mental health.

2. Lead by example

If you tell your team they don’t have to stay late or work overtime to complete a project, make sure they see that attitude reflected in you. As a manager, you have added responsibilities, but your work-life balance is also important. They may hear you telling them to go home, but if they see you every night staying late, they may feel obligated to do the same.

3. Encourage vacation time

Some companies make it very difficult to request time off or even take it at all, which promotes a culture of overworking and stress. Make sure you encourage your employees to use the time they earn to refresh and relax. They will do better on feeling better at work by using their time and feeling they can take a few days off without the world at work collapsing.

4. Check-in with your team

Don’t just assume they’re taking care of themselves; actually check in to make sure. Find out how they’re feeling about their workload and various projects and what they’re doing to relax. By taking this time, you’ll have a better idea of what they’re going through and won’t be oblivious when burn out occurs. You can help prevent it just by showing you care.

5. Acknowledge their work

Sometimes stress can come from working hard and feeling like no one notices. Being recognized isn’t the reason for work, but it can make the experience better. As a manager, make sure your team’s work isn’t going unnoticed. Let them know you see the extra effort and everything they’re doing and consider different ways to appreciate them.

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