How to recognize and avoid employee burnout

Many of us have experienced employee burnout in one way or another – whether we have felt burned out ourselves or seen it in one of our peers. Thankfully, there are a number of simple steps you can take to ensure that burnout doesn’t get the best of you or your employees.

Preventing burnout

    • Have fun – Making room for fun can reduce some stress and help to keep employees inspired when they are on the brink of burnout.


  • Switch it up – Let employees focus on new projects or teams when they’ve been working on one thing for a long time, like Facebook is doing with Hackamonth.



  • Encourage breaks – It’s wonderful to have employees that don’t want to quit working until they get things done. Sadly, those are the people that are bound to burn out quickest. If you have employees like this, encourage them to take walks or go on a coffee run – anything to keep them from going stir crazy.


For those times when burnout can’t be avoided, there are several things you can do to help make sure that your employees don’t become fed up.


How to cope with burnout

    • Accept it – Burnout isn’t always preventable so it’s important to be aware of the signs such as lethargy, decreased socializing or irritability.


  • Communicate – Growing businesses often undergo changes that leave employees frustrated. Making sure your employees know that they can talk to you is an excellent way to stop burnout before it gets out of control.



While you may not always be able to avoid employee burnout, these suggestions can help ensure that it doesn’t overwhelm anyone or negatively affect your business or employees.

For more burnout-fighting tips, take a look at this article.