Around 52% of employees are feeling burned out which is a 9% increase from pre-COVID. When workers experience burnout, it decreases productivity and engagement, and increases turnover rates.  

Here are the three main causes of burnout and how employers can help their employees overcome it.  

Unmanageable workloads  

Around 46% of workers say they have unmanageable workloads that cause them significant stress. Many employees find themselves overwhelmed with tasks, deadlines, and responsibilities.  

To overcome unmanageable workloads, prioritize communication with your employees. Frequently conduct one-on-one meetings and discuss workloads. If your employees bring up their stress levels and how they feel like they have too much on their plate, consider what steps need to be taken to help them. It is important to listen to your employees and help them manage their workloads.  

Lack of work-life balance  

66% of employees struggle with having a work-life balance. When employees feel like work consumes their lives, it becomes easy for them to be burnt out.  

To help manage work-life balance, allow flexibility in the workplace. If your employees need to leave work early to pick up their kids from school, let them. If they request a weeklong vacation, accept it. Show your employees that you care about their well-being by giving them the flexibility and work-life balance they need.  

Lack of reward and recognition  

63% of employees do not feel recognized at work and 39% do not feel appreciated at all for their work. Employees want to feel valued and appreciated for the work they do, and if they are not receiving recognition, it can cause burnout.  

To overcome lack of rewards and recognition, leaders can prioritize showing gratitude to their employees. Here are a few ways you can show your appreciation to your employees:  

  • Send them a thank you card or small gift  
  • Publicly acknowledge employee accomplishments 
  • Create an Employee Appreciation Day 
  • Offer advancement opportunities 
  • Acknowledge work anniversaries  

With employee burnout rates increasing, it is important for leaders to know what the causes of burnouts are and steps to overcome it. Overcoming burnout will increase productivity, employee engagement, and overall satisfaction among staff.