Tips for reducing employee overtime and burnout this holiday season—and beyond

Get serious about mental health, offer rewards, and make overtime the exception, not the rule.

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With the pandemic still raging, many employees have been out sick for extended periods of time, adding stress to those who can and do show up for work. The result? The risk of employee burnout is greater than ever, and hourly and shift employees face the highest rates of burnout across industries.

What is burnout?

The Mayo Clinic defines burnout as “a state of physical or emotional exhaustion that also involves a sense of reduced accomplishment and loss of personal identity.” Outwardly, burnout can look like a loss of interest in work, reduced productivity, procrastination, difficulty working with coworkers, lack of sleep and more. These characteristics can often be mistaken for laziness, but burnout is a medically classified diagnosis.

To help employers manage and prevent employee burnout, consider these tips:

Get serious about mental health.

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