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6 Signs of Employee Burnout

When it comes to ensuring the success of your business, ensuring the well-being of your employees should be a priority. Their level of engagement, productivity, and enthusiasm has a direct impact on your bottom line, and that impact can be positive or negative depending on the circumstances. Employee burnout is one factor that can have a distinctly negative effect on your business, and as your potential co-employer, Integrity Employee Leasing wants to help you catch burnout before it can burn you.

Integrity Employee Leasing is a professional employer organization (PEO), and we help small- to medium-sized businesses grow and thrive through services like HR outsourcing and payroll. We partner with you as a co-employer to take on some of the risks and responsibilities of managing a workforce, and as your PEO partner, we care about your employees as much as you do.

In today’s article, we’ll be discussing some of the signs of burnout so that you and your leadership team can stay informed and aware. Learn what to watch for, and contact Integrity Employee Leasing today to explore how our PEO services can benefit you!

1. Mistakes

One of the first signs of employee burnout is a lack of focus and trouble remembering important items and events. If a member of your team is making unusual mistakes, their productivity is dropping, and/or they are forgetting important meetings, then you should be aware of an approaching burnout.

The best approach in this situation is to engage with the employee. Ask about their experience and what may be stressing them out. If they are worried they might be penalized or even fired for discussing burnout or taking time off to recover, then the mistakes they make will only multiply. Being open about burnout and open to hearing about their concerns can make them feel safe and secure enough to take the steps they need to bounce back.

2. Exhaustion

Is your employee talking often about how tired they are? It may go beyond a few hours of missed sleep or a long and busy week. Too much stress at work can make it hard for your team members to relax at home or sleep well, which can lead to fatigue. Fatigue, in turn, can lead to serious health risks. Encouraging a healthy work-life balance, proper sleep, and personal time off when needed can help prevent the need for sick leave further down the line.

3. Depression

If a typically outgoing member of your team is acting more withdrawn, and they seem to lack confidence and show symptoms of fatigue, then they may be depressed. Decreased enthusiasm for their work as well as overeating or a lack of appetite can also be signs of depression.

Depression can be a sensitive topic to discuss at work, but it’s important to address. Creating a safe environment for employees to express their needs and limitations — as well as an overall company culture that values mental health — can help everyone feel comfortable accessing resources and finding a way to heal and move forward.

4. Illness

When someone is stressed, lacking energy, and sleeping poorly, they are more susceptible to getting sick. Does one of your team members regularly succumb to the latest bug making its way around the office? That can be a sign of burnout.

As we discussed in a previous blog, giving your employees time to take off work when they are sick in order to recover benefits your business. However, sick leave can become detrimental when an employee is missing a lot of work because they are too stressed to completely recover and you aren’t taking steps to address the larger problem.

5. Irritability

Personality clashes in the office are inevitable. Not every member of your team will always get along. However, if an employee suddenly can’t get along with anyone or they start lashing out, then it may be a reaction to a feeling of excessive pressure and stress.

You should always enforce whatever disciplinary actions are outlined in your human resources policy if employees express excess anger or even violence. You should also try to facilitate a conversation about what work-related factors may be contributing to their difficulties, and what you as a leader can do to help.

6. Cynicism

Cynicism is often an indicator that someone has lost their passion for their work. Their productivity is likely to dip and their unhappiness can lead to a lack of engagement. If they feel unappreciated, their work can suffer. If they feel unheard, then they may stop sharing their concerns and difficulties with their leaders. Continuing dissatisfaction may even lead them to share their negative feelings about your company to others.

There are a number of ways you can help an employee with flagging enthusiasm and growing dissatisfaction. One way to help them is offer more flexibility in their routine or workload so they have more power over how they can tackle any problems. Having a transparent process for handling employee complaints can also help them see that their concerns are being listened to and addressed.

Help Your Team Thrive With Integrity

If you notice any of the symptoms we listed above in your team members, then you as a leader can take action to help alleviate the situation. Catching burnout early can be the key to retaining great employees, keeping morale high, and boosting the growth and productivity of your company. You can also avoid situations in which your employees are put on the path to burnout with help from a partner like Integrity Employee Leasing.

Integrity offers a broad suite of PEO services to help your employees and your business overall. By choosing HR outsourcing, our payroll solution, or any of our other a la carte options, you can relieve the pressure on your employees. We’re here to help you handle the risks and responsibilities of running a business, and we hope our blog can be a resource for you as a business owner. Look for upcoming articles on potential solutions for employee burnout, and contact Integrity today to kickstart our partnership!