Whether you are running your own business or you are working as a supervisor, you likely want to prevent employee burnout. One of the best ways to prevent employee burnout is to make those under you feel like they are appreciated and needed.
Focus on Their Strengths
Figure out each employee’s interests and strengths. Allow each employee to contribute to the company using these strengths. In some cases, this may mean some of your employees' job responsibilities do not fall under a specific job title but instead simply incorporate skills from an assortment of jobs.
Avoid Overloading or Underutilizing
While this may seem to conflict with focusing on each employee’s strengths, it is important that no one feels too overwhelmed by a huge workload and that no one feels like they are underappreciated. If one employee seems to be taking too big of a chunk of the workload, you may need to shift some of the work to someone else. If another employee is being underutilized at your company, figure out how that person's skills could be better used to benefit your company's productivity. This goes back to focusing on that employee's strengths.
Make Employees Feel Appreciated
Lifehacker recently created a list of ways to prevent employee burnout with a focus on making them feel appreciated. They suggested surprising everyone with breakfast or lunch every once in a while. They also suggested encouraging breaks and stress relievers. Perhaps one of the best ways to make your employees feel appreciated is to let them know what they are doing right. Genuinely compliment those who are working hard, and let them know that you appreciate what they do for the company. It can be tiring to work hard and not feel appreciated.
Of course, these are just a few of the ways you can help to prevent employee burnout in your company. We encourage you to look for other ways to make your employees feel appreciated so they will want to come to work each day.