Three ways employers can help reduce workplace burnout

July 12, 2019

Employers can do simple things to help ease stress and anxiety that can lead to employee burnout.

If you’ve ever felt burned out at work, you’re not alone. The World Health Organization (WHO) recently declared employee burnout an official medical condition, which is characterized by

  • lack of energy/exhaustion;
  • negative or cynical feelings about one’s job; and
  • reduced productivity.

More than just a bad day at work, according to WHO, burnout results when chronic workplace stress is not successfully managed.

How you can help

As an employer, here are three simple things you can do to lessen workplace stress and help employees avoid burnout.

  1. Foster open communication. Employees are more likely to feel engaged when asked for their ideas and input on projects.
  2. Encourage excellence instead of perfectionism. It may seem counter-intuitive to discourage perfectionism, but workers who are perfectionists tend to be more anxious.
  3. Help employees understand how the benefits you make available can support them, for example:
    • The Employee Assistance Program (EAP) is a confidential resource available at no cost to employees with medical coverage* and their family members. The EAP can help with a wide range of issues, such as anxiety, grief, conflicts with a coworker, family problems, and more. Use the materials in the Employee Assistance Program toolkit to help increase employee awareness of the EAP. And, as an employer, you can take advantage of no-cost management consultations through the EAP if you need help with a difficult workplace issue.
    • Medical coverage includes access to Call to Health,* our well-being initiative that helps employees to be their best in all areas: spiritual, health, financial, and vocational. Through Call to Health, employees can participate in Ignite Your Life coaching programs to help them drive positive change in their lives.
    • The Retirement Savings Plan can help reduce financial stress by offering employees a convenient way to save on a tax-advantaged basis for a secure financial future.

*Call to Health and the EAP are not available to members enrolled in Triple-S, GeoBlue, or the Medicare Supplement Plan.

Source: WHO