Mental “burnout” is a condition that results from prolonged and excessive stress. In the workplace mental burnout adversely affects employee and employer alike. James River Capital CEO Paul Saunders recognizes the importance of identifying and managing employee burnout.
An employee developing and sustaining a negative attitude towards their work can be symptomatic of burnout according to Saunders. If a capable employee begins constantly doubting themselves suspect burnout. Be mindful of a once ambitious employee suddenly losing their motivation.
Causes of Burnout
Something as simple as acknowledging a job well done can counter burnout. Without positive reinforcement, staff can begin to feel unappreciated or doubt the quality of their work.
Avoid asking more of employees than they can reasonably deliver. Make sure that employees have the skill set to successfully complete the assignments they are given. Paul Saunders offers these tips to prevent burnout.
Give staff members a greater sense of control and more input. At the start of the workday allow employees 10 or 15 minutes to plan their own workday. This includes setting their own goals.
To whatever degree it is feasible employees should be allowed to set their own schedule. Make company policies more employee friendly. Ask for the staff’s input regarding company policies they feel are too rigid or counter-productive.
It is frustrating for employees to think that they are trapped in a dead end job. If a staffer asks why they are not getting a promotion or a raise give them an honest answer. Paul Saunders advises that staff should be treated like partners rather than subordinates.
To help staff members avoid burnout an employer must be proactive. Make stress management classes available to employees. Make employees aware of lifestyle choices that help reduce stress.
- Adequate sleep
Exercise not only reduces stress a precursor to burnout it also has a positive effect on staffers’ self-confidence and overall attitude.
Bolster Employees’ Self-Confidence
The role that a lack of self-confidence plays in causing mental burnout cannot be overemphasized. Stress can be the result of an employer placing unreasonable demands on employees. Stress can also result from employees placing unreasonable demands on themselves. Employers should take the time to help staffers set realistic workplace goals for themselves.
James River Capital
An SEC-registered investment advisor Virginia based James River Capital began operating as the alternative investment arm of the securities firm Kidder, Peabody, and Company. Paul Saunders and Kevin Brandt acquired James River in 1995. That same year Saunders and Brandt began operating James River Capital as an independent company. Learn more: https://www.brightscope.com/financial-planning/firm/70804/James-River-Capital-Corp/