Have you noticed a change for the worse in your typically upbeat and energetic team? If people who were once pleasant to work with have become cynical and unproductive, there’s a very good chance they’re on the brink of burnout. Disengaged employees don’t care about their work. They become lethargic, irritable, isolate themselves and seemingly have lost the sense of pride in their work that they once had.
It’s important to take action immediately, before these workers go over the edge entirely. Get started by making the following changes:
- Create a strong work-life balance, allowing people to have time with their friends and family. If you’re forcing people to work 80 hour weeks, denying vacation requests and making them stay connected to the office 24/7, it’s no wonder they’re exhausted and unhappy.
- Make people feel valued by taking an interest in the projects they’re working on. As an employee, it’s very discouraging to feel like your manager doesn’t care what you do. After all, what’s the point in doing great work if the boss isn’t interested and no one ever receives recognition for a job well done?
- Hold staff appreciation events to promote team bonding and show your staff their hard work doesn’t go unnoticed. This can be anything your budget can handle, from a free pizza lunch, to hosting a Saturday afternoon picnic for employees and their families.
- Promote employees from within, instead of hiring external talent. It’s downright maddening for your best employees to be passed up for a great promotion without even being considered for the job. It’s not always possible to hire internal candidates, but make a point to do so whenever you can.
- Pay people the salaries they’re worth. If you can’t remember the last time you gave your employees a raise, you can be certain this is at least a contributing factor in their job dissatisfaction. The amount you pay your team is directly related to the standard of living they’re able to enjoy. If you want high retention rates, you better be willing offer competitive compensation. Use sites like the S. Bureau of Labor Statistics and PayScale to gauge average salaries in your area.
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