The prevalence of burnout is growing and taking its toll on your workforce. However, according to experts, there are some steps you can take:
· Get buy-in from C-suite execs by presenting research showing the positive impact of workplace wellness on reducing stress, healthcare utilization/costs, productivity.
· Create an open, non-judgmental culture where people feel safe and comfortable talking about stress and their need for help. Some organizations have begun having new employees sign a “contract” stating that if they feel stressed out or overwhelmed, they will talk to their supervisor/manager.
· Teach managers to watch for signs of burnout, such as employees working longer hours or skipping lunch to get their work done.
· Include a discussion of personal well-being in performance reviews.
· Encourage leaders to model behavior. For instance, they should resist the urge to send emails or texts at midnight or on weekends when they can wait until the next business day.