Preventing Burnout Before It Happens

by Naomi Thalenberg on Dec 24, 2015 1:00:00 PM

Optimized-Preventing_Burnout_Before_It_Happens_1Let’s face it, burnout happens on the job. Depending on your workload, hours spent at your desk, and hefty job requirements, you’ve probably asked yourself whether it’s all worth it at some point. 

In order to prevent burnout, you’ve got to find the root of the problem and act accordingly. Let’s take a look at how burnout affects your employee retention rates.


Burnout's Impact on Employee Retention


Our recent numbers from our Employee Retention Report indicate that employees who are tired and burned out are 31% more likely to think about looking for a new job.

Most likely, employees who are feeling consistently overworked and tired have valid reasons for feeling this way. It’s important to understand where these numbers come from in order to prevent attrition.


Work-Life Balance

Everyone’s always talking about striving for work-life balance. Our numbers show that employees who have a positive work-life balance are 12% more likely to see themselves staying with their employer.

Here’s where planning comes in handy. Don’t try to wring out the most out of your employees. This is a quick recipe for burnout and high turnover. Instead, work on prioritizing their workload and setting reasonable goals. Doing this will save you effort and money long-term by not having to recruit new employees.


Encouraging Rest and Relaxation


It’s bad news when your employees aren’t using their earned vacation time. Encourage your employees to use their PTO. Lead by example and utilize your own PTO — all of it — to show the importance of rest and relaxation.

Employees who report being encouraged to use their PTO are nearly 13% more likely to report planning to stay with their company. Abstain from creating a culture that’s all about work. Stress the importance of downtime, and allow yourself to rest and disconnect as well.

Most importantly, being in tune with your employees’ needs will decrease burnout and attrition rates.



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This post was written by Naomi Thalenberg

Naomi is a social media associate at TINYpulse, living and breathing Facebook's fresh air. She does this by always keeping a handy stock of dark chocolate.

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