Remote work increases productivity results for some companies and leaves remote employees with more time for personal matters, promoting better work-life balance. Preventing employee burnout starts with a company culture that helps each staff member understand why their role is important to the organization. Connecticut Business Centers discusses how companies can help prevent employee burnout.
What Is Remote Work?
Remote work is the practice of employees carrying out their duties from a location other than a company’s central office, which is run by the company. Such locations may include an employee’s home, a co-working or other shared space, a private office space, or any other location other than the traditional corporate office building or campus.
How Companies Can Help Prevent Employee Burnout
- Self-Care Is a Good Place to Start
The evidence has not shown that self-care can prevent burnout, but it is vital for living a healthy life. While encouraging employees to engage in self-care activities can help them manage stress, it does not address the underlying issues that lead to employee burnout.
- Pay Attention to Work-Related Issues
Employees want to know that their boss will stand by them when things go wrong. While this does not excuse negligence, it does imply providing a supportive and caring environment for employees to discuss workplace challenges and problems. Although providing effective solutions should be the goal, it is not always possible. In that case, simply lending a sympathetic and supportive ear may suffice to make the employee feel supported and heard.
- Try to Include Everyone
When possible, actively solicit employee feedback. Allowing employees to voice their opinions gives them a sense of control over their work lives. This is especially important for employees who work from home. It’s easy to overlook team members who aren’t present in the central office space. And, with a completely remote team, not everyone may be able to attend every meeting, and teams may not communicate as frequently as they should. When soliciting feedback, including remote employees. Even if you can’t use their ideas, simply asking for them can go a long way toward making them feel like they’re a part of the team.
- Make Work Meaningful
Employees want their work to mean something, regardless of where they work or what they do. They want to know, specifically, how their contributions contribute to the company’s mission or purpose. When employees are connected to and engaged with their jobs, they are more likely to enjoy and perform better than when they do not understand why or how their performance benefits the company.
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