Employee stress is a key area of focus for organizations striving for better work environments and engaged employees. Employee stress is characterized by irritability, unawareness to happenings in the workplace, absenteeism, and dwindling quality of work. Astute managers are most willing to catch sight of employee burnout. Here are some simple ways to help combat employee exhaustion.
- Clarify expectations. Employees work best when they have a clear idea of what is expected of them. Specify goals, provide constant feedback and keep employees accountable for achieving the goals they are set.
- Furnish employees with the right tools they need to do their job better. Provide them training or technology or secretarial services to undertake routine tasks.
- Find ways to help employees do tasks they like to. This is a great way to ensure employee engagement by making employees feel good about their work and their contributions to the organization by excelling in tasks that can keep then absorbed.
- Appreciate, reward and recognize. Recognize and reward employees all through the year to help generate a culture of gratitude and a stimulated and satisfied employee base.
- Go easy on the deadlines and expectations. Monitor employee workloads and give them more time on their projects. Ensure that employees have the necessary time and energy to concentrate on the quality of key deliverables and hit the right metrics.
- Give more time off. Persuade employees to take their vacations, disconnect their electronic devices, and stay away from work. During economic downturns, employees are hesitant to take their vacations — one day they are away from work, the next day they don’t want to be out of work. There is great demand on employees for productivity during downturns and more time off is the easiest anecdote to employee burnout, stress and lack of rest and relaxation.
Developing a corporate culture that helps employees manage their stress and keeps them engaged will have a positive effect on the employee morale, customer satisfaction and eventually the bottom-line of the organization.