Look around your office.
Do you have any employees that are just running on empty?
Do they look exhausted?
Are they struggling to concentrate on tasks?
Are they irritable?
Do they feel detached from their job?
If any of the answers to these questions is ‘yes’, the employee may be at the risk of burnout.
In professional services, it can be quite common for employees to experience burnout. Not only can it result in lower productivity, it can cause dips in job satisfaction, low morale, absences and resignations.
Don’t wait any longer to act. It’s time you take charge and stamp out employee burnout in your firm.
What can cause burnout in your professional services firm?
Employees may be suffering from burnout for one or a combination of the following factors:
- Excessive workload
- Long working hours
- Unrealistic expectations
- Time pressures
- Not enough support from managers
- Not receiving feedback
- Lack of autonomy
- Not having a voice in the decision making process
- Role ambiguity
How can employers in professional services prevent burnout occurring in their workplace?
All employers want their workplace to be supportive, inclusive, rewarding and fun. To beat a burnout epidemic at your firm, consider the following six steps.
Employees may be scared to admit that they are struggling with their heavy workload or finding the deadlines unreasonable. They may be worried about how it will be interpreted by their manager and/or colleagues. It is therefore important that the workplace culture and managerial style do not prevent employees from coming forward when they do have issues and they are not subject to any detriment for raising their concerns.
Senior management should be looking at the reasons for burnout in their professional services firm and ensure that there are appropriate strategies are in place to tackle the root causes. Seek advice from our Employment Law Experts for guidance and support on how to prevent burnout wreaking havoc in your workplace.