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4 Tips to Avoiding Burnout

Employee burnout is one of the biggest challenges facing business professionals today. Employees that feel like they are overworked or underappreciated quickly become disengaged, unmotivated, and unproductive. If this goes unchecked, it can lead to costly turnovers. Take a look below for five tips to turn burnout around.  
 
  1. Discuss what they like about their job and why. The first step to keeping your team engaged and motivated is to determine their strengths and the aspects of the job that resonate with them. Tailor their position to incorporate tasks they are strong at and enjoy doing. 

  2. Assign a positive colleague as a mentor. Pairing a team member up with a positive role model can be a very effective technique. Be sure to choose someone with plenty of experience that can relate to issues your team may be facing. With virtual workplaces becoming increasingly common, it doesn’t even need to be someone in the same physical location.

  3. Create personal vision, mission statements, and goals. Ensure that your employees have established their own set of goals. It’s important to have a vision for the organization as a whole, but employees need to have individual visions and goals to work toward as well.

  4. Empower them to make decisions. Employees that are powerless to control their environment are the most likely to burnout. Members of your team must have a say in decisions involving them. Allow them to take ownership and responsibility once a decision has been made.

  5. Celebrate efforts not just results. Your team’s efforts may not always be successful, but it’s important to recognize them nonetheless. Getting things right can be a trial and error process. As such, it’s important to recognize hard work and learn from your team’s efforts in order to get things right in the future. This will keep employees motivated to learn from mistakes and continue to improve.

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