Fight burnouts

Not one employer in this world wants their employees to get a burnout. Unfortunately, in this century it is a common problem. More and more workers complain about burnouts and that infects business performance.

In this blogpost, I will explain how burnouts are established and what you, both employer and employee, can do in order to prevent it.

What is a burnout?
A burnout is a psychological term that refers to stress that people developed over a long period from their jobs. Mostly, it is connected with emotional exhaustion, depression and no interest in carrying out their occupation.

Burn outs occur when people keep working on goals they don’t want to achieve. Also, when employees are asked to achieve certain objectives, and they don’t think they are able to reach them, they will get stressed with a burn out as a result.
For example: In the business world employees who are forced to reach a certain number of sales or a certain amount as turnover each month will be more susceptible to get burnt out.

How can you, as employer, prevent burnouts among your employees?
It is as simple as it can be. Keep your employees satisfied and they will keep performing the good work. Of course, this is easier said than done.

Everyone is different, with different believes and different needs. But what every employee has in common is that they love being appreciated and recognised for all their work. As a good CEO, you should give your employees a compliment from time to time. Show them that you value their input. This doesn’t cost you anything, yet the feedback will make a world of difference in the eyes of your employees. Don’t leave anyone out. Find compliments for every one of your staff-members and you will see how the atmosphere in the workplace will open up.

Ask every one of your employees for their opinion. It will allow you to understand their needs and get a better insight in their thoughts. Perhaps they will propose good and creative ideas. Don’t underestimate the talent within your team. It will only create a better relationship between you and your employees, so you have absolutely nothing to lose.
Not only recognition, but also rewards are appreciated by your employees. Don’t think that this always have to be a pay raise or that you have to spend a large amount of money to keep everyone happy. Remember this key sentence: ‘small gestures make big differences.’ Allowing your employees to go home half an hour earlier, granting them more days off, offering platforms with all kinds of benefits, etc. You name it! There are so many options to create a good corporate culture, you just have to invest time in finding what works best for you and your team. How can you, as an employee, prevent yourself from getting a burn out? Figure out for yourself what it is that you need and want in life. It might help to make a list of your personal goals and things you want to do before you die. Make sure that you realise these dreams. The best way to set realistic goals is by following the SMART principle:

Specific: What is it you want to achieve?
Measurable: How can you measure achievement?
Acceptable: Is it relevant?
Realistic: Can your goals be achieved?
Time bound: When do you want to achieve it?

Try to achieve these individualistic goals and you will feel alive. Aim to realise every now and then a certain goal. In this way, your mind will stay at peace. Designing these objectives was just the first step. Afterwards you look for a job in which you can develop your own talents. Look for a position within a company in which you are interested. If that’s the case, you will go to your work without feeling trapped into a life that you don’t want to live. I mean what is better than earning money whilst performing a hobby of yours?
Best is to look for a career in a company that has a good corporate culture because this means the supervisor is interested in his/her employees as an individual and not just as robots who perform their work.
Don’t settle for something less than you deserve. It may take a lot of effort or time before you find your perfect match, but keep looking until you are really satisfied.
Last piece of advice is to know your boundaries. It is not bad to admit that you have reached your limit. You are human, and you can only do as much as possible. No one will hold this against you so don’t be afraid to speak out.

Live your life like every day might be your last. Keep life interesting by surrounding yourself with people and things that bring out the best in you. Don’t just settle for the mainstream, because life will go on anyway. Make the best of it.  

Morgan Strauwen
Social media manager

Posted on Apr 05, 2018