How communicators can identify and counteract workplace burnout

Try these tips to keep employees engaged and energized: Celebrate successes, tie job activities to tangible results, and connect the next goal to the last triumph.

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We are rerunning the most-viewed articles of 2019. This was one of the top five most-popular employee engagement articles of the year.

Burnout might be the corporate epidemic of our age.

Workplace burnout is now an official medical diagnosis. What can corporate communicators do to prevent and mitigate this productivity killer?

Playing your role starts with understanding more about burnout’s causes and symptoms.

The symptoms of burnout are exhaustion, cynicism and lack of positive production. Sometimes it’s caused by overwork or corporate mistreatment, but it’s often a natural result of struggling to maintain a healthy work/life balance.

If you suspect that an employee is on the brink of burnout, examine his or her workload—including taking a hard look at stressful or unrealistic objectives, directives and quotas. Sometimes “stretch goals” and continuous striving for the next level of corporate growth leave employees feeling that their best is never enough.

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