Employees who are motivated are the assets, even secret to the success of thriving companies. However, these employees aren’t robots or machines. They can feel pressure, be overwhelmed, or even worse, be burned out. Recognising and preventing symptoms of burnout will save your company and your employees from self-destruction.
Organisational psychologist David Javitch, PhD, names the most common signs of burnout. According to him, the most tell-tale signs of burnout include a decline in productivity. It is most noticeable when a highly productive employee starts turning in mediocre work. Lateness, leaving on the dot, leaving work early, prolonged breaks, and increasing absences are the most common actions of burned-out employees. Here, he suggests the simplest means to prevent this from happening in your business.
Rotating an employee’s schedule may refresh them. However, there is a risk that you may hasten the burning out process. To prevent this from happening, be sure to consult with your employees about the rotating schedule. Put morning persons on the a.m. shift and the late risers on the afternoon shift. Night owls would definitely prefer the evening shifts. This will significantly reduce stress and pressure on your employees to perform at the time when their energy is low. Plus, you will get to benefit from their top performances because they work at the time when their productivity levels are at their peak.
Provide training around areas that interest and help your employees. If your business is all about computers, train your employees on new programs or applications. A fashion or entertainment business would do well to conduct image consultancy and development training for its employees. Writers would benefit from writing workshops. Aside from breaking the monotony of their daily schedule, the employees and your company will also benefit from this move. You will have highly trained and confident employees that are motivated to put their skills to good use. Also, widen employees’ responsibilities or cross train them. Have them handle other projects than their regular work to challenge them.
Employee Rights, Employee Incentives, And Employee Time
Convene with your employees and discuss their rights, as well as the incentives they would get if the company performs well. They would get a big boost from being reminded and knowing that the company’s future depends on them and their productivity. Give them personal time or a break from work. Declare a company holiday and treat your employees to an outing. A change of scenery would refresh them and energise them for another work season. In addition, they would feel that they are important to the company and that they are rewarded for all their efforts. Nothing boosts morale more than praise and reward. These will encourage them to perform well and top their earlier efforts.
Employee Performance and Regular Evaluation
Conduct regular evaluation systems to monitor your employees’ performance. Reward good employees to encourage them to perform better. Encourage slackers with training and an assurance that the company, and you as their employer, will help them to cope with their workload. Present your employees with a definite career growth plan such as promotions for top performing employees. Their enthusiasm for work would be revived if they know that they can move up the corporate ladder.
According to Javitch, these motivation methods will serve to aid you and your employees in the evaluation of their present company roles. He stressed that these are key improvements to an efficient employee management program. These methods would increase motivation, satisfaction, and most of all, productivity in your employees. Implement these and you will be saved from mediocre performances and work disruptions.