Many today are juggling working from home, home schooling and increased or reduced workloads. Balancing home working requirements and home life is increasing more difficult.
Burnout can influence every aspect of your employee’s life, from their work, their relationships, to physical and mental health, and can leave them feeling like they have very little left to give.
Employers can help their staff.
LEAD THE WAY
Employers who look after the wellbeing of their employees typically experience greater productivity, creativity and staff retention.
Staff often need help in many ways, this may be too much / too little work / too difficult work. Keeping the team in the loop, supporting staff and building good relationships with the team will help them to feel as though they can speak up and ask for help when they need it.
PROMOTE GOOD PLANNING
Promote the planning of each individual day. Have staff assess the tasks that require undertaking prioritising those that are more important. Estimate how long each task will take and schedule in breaks. Focusing on one task at a time is also of benefit.
A TEAM APPROACH
Work with staff to spread the load. Encourage and practice collaborative working.
ESTABLISH A WORK LIFE BALANCE
Urge employees to separate work time from their home life. Encourage them to have set work hours, not to accept phone calls, texts, notifications or checking e mails outside of work hours unless absolutely necessary.
By Ian French CMIOSH – Risk Consultant