A primary concern among employers is managing employees’ workload. A recent report by Limeade found that 40% of employees cited burnout as a top reason for leaving their jobs. Increased contact between employers and employees due to advances in technology and the pandemic stripped away the barriers between work and life. Stressed-out folks with a poor work-life balance are more likely to leave their jobs — tanking your employee retention rate.
Employers are feeling pressure to push their teams to complete work quickly and competently. How do you accomplish what you need to without sacrificing employee happiness and well-being ultimately leading to burnout?
1. Offer flexibility
In today's corporate climate, being flexible in terms of location and working hours can help employees manage their workload. "Employees were attracted to their current job based on the ability to work remotely (40%) and other forms of flexibility (24%), like not being restricted to complete job responsibilities during set working hours." Source: Limeade.com If employees are stressed about when and where they have to work, this can make their ability to complete their work challenging and contribute to an unmanageable workload.
2. Check in on a regular basis
1:1 coaching, employee feedback surveys, and open lines of communication across all levels of the organization are all things you should be thinking about in terms of communication with your employees. Regular check-ins are crucial to understanding employees' workload and helping them to find a solution before it is too late and they leave.
3. Lead by example
By setting realistic boundaries between work and home time, you show your team that you don't have to be constantly overworking yourself to be successful at your organization. Constantly reevaluate what’s essential and what could be cut to save time. Don’t be afraid to discard something that’s not working. Small things like decreasing the number of meetings you have that could be an email make all the difference. By achieving your own work-life balance, you’ll show employees that it matters.
With a global, 24/7 work culture putting pressure on managers and employers, it’s no wonder that everyone feels overworked. Being conscious of this environment and taking steps to mitigate its effects will pay dividends for your team and improve turnover rates long term.