Happy November! We can’t believe 2017 is rapidly coming to a close. On the blog this month we’re talking about burnout: why it happens and how to avoid it. Stay tuned for a special Thanksgiving-themed blog later this month, too!

Burnout.

We’ve all felt it. Exhausted, overwhelmed, depleted... burned out.

In fact, 95 percent of HR leaders reported that employee burnout is sabotaging their workforce.

What is behind such pervasive burnout? Are we simply working too many hours each week, or is the way we work the problem?

Here are some of the reasons why your employees are burning out like a firework:

  • Unreasonable workload
  • Poor management
  • Lack of perceived connection between an employee’s role and the organization’s goals and strategy
  • Negative workplace culture
  • Misaligned expectations and compensation

The good news? Most of these reasons are within your control! While you may not be able to give every employee a raise (though conversations about compensation should happen regularly), by making some changes to your workplace, you can help your team work hard AND live well.

By asking yourself these questions, you can take immediate strides toward preventing employee burnout:

  1. Is your organization’s mission clearly identified? Do your departmental and individual employee goals directly support that mission?

  2. Has “scope creep” left your team with so much to do that they can’t do anything well?

  3. Could you eliminate unnecessary busywork, outdated and unhelpful reports, or meetings that are no longer useful to free up your employees’ time and energy?

  4. Do your managers know how to motivate their teams effectively?

By resolving some of these issues, you can proactively tackle burnout and prevent unnecessary turnover and keep your employees engaged and motivated. (Even better: if you cut out unnecessary busywork, streamline communication, and give them the chance to focus could even be less than an 8-hour work day… really!)


Not sure where to start? Let us help! Whether you want to engage our team for an interactive brown bag workshop or conduct a “pace check” to identify potential causes of burnout in your workplace, MatchPace will help you evaluate and transform your work environment to optimize your organization and help your team be more efficient and effective.