One Tool You Must Use To Prevent Employee Burnout

by Sabrina Son on Jan 27, 2015 2:00:00 PM


iStock_000031890252_LargeBurnout can happen to the best of us. We put in so much time and effort into our work that the stress sneaks up on us or suddenly takes over our lives.

A study by the American Institute of Stress revealed that:

  • 80% of employees are feeling stress on the job

  • 50% said they need help dealing with it

  • 25% of Americans view their jobs as the number one stressor in their life

So it’s no surprise that a mere 30% of employees feel engaged at work. But, go ahead and breath easy because there’s a solution: employee feedback. This valuable tool has the power to flip workplaces upside down (in a good way) and create an engaging environment.

Helps Ease The Mind

It may be easy to bottle up work stress, but that only leads people on a negative route. Providing employees with access to a safe place to air out their concerns can actually improve their mental health. Unleashing frustrations restores the brain’s equilibrium and allows people to think more logically.

Most employees are hesitant about letting their thoughts loose. Comfort them by using anonymous surveys that keep their identity hidden. That way, they won’t fear negative retribution for their feedback.

Helps Improve Culture

The biggest impact of surveys for any organization is that feedback has the power to improve the work environment. Are employees not feeling valued? Maybe they’re unsatisfied with the way their managers communicate with them. All of these concerns may never be unearthed if employees aren’t offered the chance to provide their feedback.

Because issues are never-ending, ask for feedback and ask again. Never close the communication channel, because doing so will only hurt your workplace culture.

But also keep in mind that one out of three employees becomes disengaged when employers ask for feedback but do nothing about it. You will only earn your employees’ trust if you act upon the feedback. And once they see these changes happening, they’ll be more open to giving feedback in the future.

Work is stressful. So give your employees a safe and easy way to give you feedback about any concerns that arise in the workplace. This helps you gain insight into underlying issues and allows you to create a better environment for your employees.

 
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This post was written by Sabrina Son

Sabrina is the managing editor for the TINYpulse blog. A Seattle native, she loves her morning (or anytime) coffee, spending her weekends on the mountains, and of course, the famous rain.

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