Everyone is talking about employee wellbeing, especially burnout. Why? Because it is long past time to talk about it. We, the humans behind the world of work, are stressed out.  

But there are methods, tools and products that can help leadership prevent burnout.  

We were asked by HR Zone to collaborate with our friends –from across the pond, as some say- at People & Transformational HR, a UK based work culture agency; to address this very real and very dire issue. In this first installment of A More Human Future of Work., livingHR CXO; Amanda Herring and Perry Timms, founder and CEO of PTHR, talk about how leadership can see the warnings signs and how to prevent this problem from overtaking our workforce.

Here are a few highlights.

Burnout in employees can show up as:

  • Easily upset or angered
  • Recurring sickness
  • Reduced efficiency and energy
  • Lowered levels of motivation
  • More time spent working with less being accomplished

HUMANIZED FACT: burnout impacts marginalized people disproportionately, and that achieving a state of wellbeing is a personal, nuanced, and different journey for each of us.

The good news, leadership DOES have tools to help prevent burnout:

  • Get to know your employees
  • Know the quiet cues  
  • Look at employee capacity often  
  • Help employees create boundaries – then help enforce your people enforce them
  • Share the resources you offer and remind your teams of the resources, often  
  • Be consistent with all that you do  

As an organization that fights daily for the humanizing of work, we believe that every human deserves to live a good life.  

To further lead your teams in this journey towards wellbeing, we also encourage you to explore wellbeing apps created for employees; such as Headspace for Work, First Stop Health and Wellthy.  

To read the full HR Zone op-ed, including description & processes of signs and preventions of burnout, please click here  

And Be Well!