They sit at their workstations with furrowed brows, worrying they won’t make the next deadline. They yawn because the stress of over- work has caused them to lose sleep. They lash out at colleagues as tension and resentment build.
Sound familiar? “They” might include your workforce, your boss or even
yourself. Employee burnout has reached record levels, experts say. And it’s
sabotaging workplace retention. That was the finding of a 2016 survey of
615 HR professionals conducted on behalf of Kronos Inc. and Future Workplace. It pointed to unfair compensation, unreasonable workloads and poor
management as chief contributors to the problem.
The impact on organizations can be significant. Burnout can result in
lower productivity and engagement as well as higher absenteeism and turn-over. But fortunately, it’s possible to bounce back from burnout—which the
Mayo Clinic defines as a state of physical, emotional or mental exhaustion
combined with doubts about one’s competence and work value. The statistics, insights and tips on the following pages will provide information and
inspiration to recharge your workforce and yourself.
How to manage the burdens of stress
and overwork in an era of unreasonable