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June 2018

Don't Miss These Hidden Signs of Employee Burnout!

Don't Miss These Hidden Signs of Employee Burnout!

In a business setting, the employees should be just as important as the business itself. In fact, the best bosses know that they are one and the same. That's also why smart bosses take care to ensure that their hardest working employees don't burn out on the job. Even if you think it's easy to recognize employee burnout, there are many hidden signs you may be missing.

If you notice your employee seems to be disengaged with their work and with other employees, they could be burnt out. This might often be confused as simple stress, but sometimes stress can cause someone to be more proactive. Disengagement has a completely different effect on someone. Look for signs of employees who no longer care about their career, for signs they are detached from everything going on around them, and for signs of a general malaise and lack of interest. If you notice these symptoms, a simple sit down could help turn things around before they choose to leave the company. As of 2015, 2.7 million workers had voluntarily left their jobs, a 25% increase compared to four years ago. If you want to keep your employees on board, take the time to sit down with them when they need your support.

Increased mistakes and sudden absences are another sign of employee burnout that you might miss. Typically, when an employee becomes burned out, their mental agility takes a negative turn. Extremely disengaged workers may just decide to take the day off, but stressed and overworked employees are also more likely to take genuine sick days and mental health days. They may also start to lose focus on what is going on around them, causing them to make small mistakes and create more accidents at work. This is extremely risky, no matter whether your employees deal with dangerous heavy equipment or spreadsheets. Keep an eye out for an increase in absences and talk with your employees if this is becoming a trend.

Finally, keep an eye out for unexplained changes in mood and temperament. If a once cheerful and sunny employee has gone from a positive presence in the office to a classic “Debby Downer,” then talk with them and find out if their job is becoming too much for them to handle. All of us have those days where we may feel a little distant, but if it’s becoming a regular occurrence for your employee, make sure you check in. This can be really hard to spot if your employee was already introverted, so it’s important to take preventative steps with all of your employees to prevent the worst symptoms of burnout.

What if you aren't sure how to handle overly stressed employees? Speaking with your company's human resources consultants may be a good place to start. No matter what you do, you can't ignore hidden signs of burnout any longer. Employee burnout can not only impact the employee but can also have a negative impact on the company they’re working for. Take a look at your employees’ career performance and if you notice any of the signs listed above, take a moment to sit down with them and check in. Even if nothing is actually wrong, it’ll be a good chance to discuss their future career.