How to ... Tackle burnout in the workplace

27 January 2019 - 00:11 By Margaret Harris

Allowing employees to work themselves to a standstill benefits no one, including the employer.
Some companies may actually reward employees who work to the exclusion of all else or penalise those who ask for help. But burnout can stifle innovation and lead to a toxic workplace.
Lyndy van den Barselaar, MD at ManpowerGroup SA, says managers need to be on the lookout for the symptoms of burnout in their team members.
"Burnout will not only cause physical and mental health issues for employees, but will also cause ineffectiveness. It is in employers' best interests to ensure they take the correct steps to mitigate this."
She has the following advice: There are many forms burnout can take - as a manager make sure employees are coping and make it clear there will be no stigma admitting to being overwhelmed.
A more flexible work day can protect at-risk employees.
Working flat out for 11 months and then taking a month off can be too much for some employees. Managers can encourage their team members to take more frequent, shorter holidays, even long weekends...

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