Many people suffer from job burnout, particularly in today's challenging economic conditions. But burnout can often be alleviated. Nevertheless, before your employees can be helped, they need to figure out where the source(s) of stress originates.
Many tools exist that may help pinpoint sources of stress. Our suggestions include having your employees keep a journal or utilizing an online tool such as "A Schedule of Recent Experiences." Once your employees have identified the major sources of stress in their lives, they will be able to take action towards avoiding job burnout.
Avoid Excessive Workload
With recent cutbacks, many people are expected to do more work in the same amount of time or even less time. When possible, employees can help alleviate this stress by delegating the priorities of their workload, cutting back on low-yield work (if possible) and using other time management methods.
Avoid Being Overly Accommodating
If an employee is the type of person who accepts responsibility for everything bestowed upon them, they are not doing themselves, or the person demanding action, any favors. Stretching beyond their limit leads to low-quality work output and high stress. Employees need to learn to "just say no" when their plate is full and to focus on what needs to get done before they take on any additional projects.
Avoid People Who Drain Energy
People and politics can quickly drain an employee's energy. Employees should avoid getting caught up in gossip with co-workers and people who are nothing but negative. This will help them preserve their energy.
Avoid Being Overworked
Trying to get too much done can leave employees feeling exhausted, a major contributing factor leading to burnout. When they are at home, it is important for them to take time for themselves and recharge their batteries. Getting plenty of sleep and eating well can also help. A well-fueled body runs more efficiently and can handle daily stress better.
Avoid Job Disillusionment
At some point, many people become disillusioned with their jobs. Focusing on the meaning and satisfaction that they derive from the job will help them overcome this. Also, writing a gratitude list for the things they are grateful for that pertain to their job and referring to it when they are having negative feelings can help put things into perspective.
In today's challenging work environments, employees are more prone to job burnout. In order to avoid this, it is important for employees to manage their workloads and avoid taking on more than they can handle. Just as important is maintaining a positive working environment; this includes avoiding negative influences from co-workers and focusing on good physical health so that they can perform on top of their game. In addition to taking care of their physical health, employees need to focus on their emotional health, which would entail recognizing and embracing the positive aspects of their jobs.
For more information about avoiding job burnout, contact Carrie Cox via email, or Cindy McSwain using her information below.
Senior Vice President
Cindy McSwain leads AGH’s outsourcing services group. Her team provides payroll, accounting, funds disbursement, controller, and other financial outsourcing services to numerous clients throughout the U.S. Prior to joining the outsourcing group, Cindy served AGH’s audit clients for 10 years, working with a wide range of middle-market, closely held and family-owned organizations.
Her current clients cross many industry sectors, including manufacturing and distribution, restaurants, retailers, medical and not-for-profit. She has participated in numerous SEC filings and public registrations and has experience in mergers and acquisitions. Cindy is a certified public accountant and a member of both the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and the Kansas Society of Certified Public Accountants.
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