Common Reasons And Solutions For Employee Burnout

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It is no secret that employee burnout remains to be one of the biggest threats to employees across all industries. Even the employees who love their jobs go through days when they struggle to find that spark of motivation. Having such days is quite normal but this can get problematic when these days occur way too frequently as it can result in making the employees permanently disengaged. Improving the employee experience should be a top priority of all organizations to ensure that their employees never lead to burnout.

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Employee burnout has been a prominent issue in the world of business. It has severe impacts on both the employee as well as the employer. According to a study conducted by the Havard Business Review, organizational stress is liable for about 8% of the national healthcare expenditure and 120,000 deaths each year. Stress clearly is the main fugitive for the employees leading to burnout. However, along with stress, there are many other reasons for employee burnout. Let us have a glance at those reasons and how they can be fixed to prevent employee burnout in your organization:

Halted career growth

It is quite natural for the employees to have an aim to grow and develop at a consistent level. Everyone has long-term goals room their life and they work with the hope that their job will enable them to achieve those goals.  While you as a leader consider your team member’s contribution vital for your organization, they consider it as a way to get much-needed experience and learning. Burnout is often the outcome when an employee feels that the growth and progress of their careers have been halted or they are now due to embark on the next chapter. 

In order to prevent such a situation from arising, make sure your organization is aware of the career goals of your employees. You can ask them questions about their aspirations during the performance reviews and assist them in creating a personal development plan. You can also make arrangements to provide them with continuing education benefits, management training, and mentorship so that the employees regard you as an ally in their career growth. 

Inadequate collaboration

Organizations tend to be more successful when they have different employees and teams come forward and hustle to attain a common goal. The employees also find their organization enjoyable when everyone works as a unit for achieving success. When the employees have a job where the people do not work well unitedly, it can hamper their morale. Even the employees having the best of intentions can easily get burnout in such cases. 

In order to set a culture focused on enhancing employee experience and preventing burnout, facilitate 360-degree feedback in your organization. It’s an incredible way to analyze how your employee can work and collaborate with the other members of your organization. This simple step will make your employees better at being team players. 

No clarity

It is quite natural for us humans to be goal-oriented and to determine the purpose of working towards attaining goals. Your employees will thrive when they are aware of what they are supposed to be doing and how it should yield the results down the road. They should also be aware of how their contribution is valuable for the organization in achieving its long-term objectives. Employee burnout can be a common problem in an organization where employees feel that they are coming to work to just spin the wheels. 

Your employees should be made aware of their objectives, key responsibilities, and the value of their contribution right from the start. They should be regularly in touch with their managers to analyze their progress and see if they are on the same page towards attaining the long-term objectives. 

Not having adequate resources

Working smart and not hard is something that everyone preaches. Thanks to digital advancements, working smart has become way too easier today. This is why it is very crucial for your employees to have all the resources they need to work at their best. Now, these resources can be anything from the strength of the employees to the tools they need to attain their objectives efficiently. This will help in enhancing the employee experience and thereby prevent employee burnout. 

Employees can easily get frustrated when their employer fails to provide them with the adequate resources they need to work. So, you have to make it a priority that your employees have all the people, equipment, and tools they need to perform at their best level. The cost spent by the business on these resources will be earned back through enhanced productivity levels. 

Every job is challenging in its own way. It is normal for the employees to feel exhausted for a few days here and there. However, you have to ensure that this doesn’t become the norm in your organization. Make sure you are taking all the steps needed to improve the employee experience in your organization. For more assistance regarding improving the employee experience in your organization, reach out to us today!  

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Gaurav Sabharwal


Gaurav is the CEO of JOP (Joy of Performing), an OKR and high-performance enabling platform. With almost two decades of experience in building businesses, he knows what it takes to enable high performance within a team and engage them in the business. He supports organizations globally by becoming their growth partner and helping them build high-performing teams by tackling issues like lack of focus, unclear goals, unaligned teams, lack of funding, no continuous improvement framework, etc. He is a Certified OKR Coach and loves to share helpful resources and address common organizational challenges to help drive team performance. Read More

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