No matter who you are, at some point in your life you may suffer from employee burnout, where you feel completely exhausted both emotionally and physically by your job. Whether you experience a mild or severe case, it’s something that many people deal with at least once in their careers. Employee burnout does not have one cause. There are a wide variety of factors that can make someone feel this way. Employers need to be exceptionally skilled in weeding out potential workplace triggers for burnout, as it can severely impact a company.
Any time an employer runs a high-stress job environment, employee burnout is seven to eight times more likely. A poorly managed company can lead to a high-stress work environment. Some common industries classified as “high-stress work environments” include the police force, financial companies, airline pilots, firefighters, and military-based careers.
Companies where poor communication is widespread often suffer from the highest level of employee burnout possible. Nothing causes workplace morale to plummet worse than mediocre on the job communication. The biggest problem with poor communication is that it causes employees to have to work much harder to get simple tasks done. Furthermore, poor communication is the leading cause of interpersonal workplace conflicts.
No Upward Mobility
Jobs with minimal upward mobility options tend to be much more prone to employee burnout. It is challenging for any employee to maintain a high level of energy and enthusiasm over the long term if there is limited or no possibility for promotion.
Unpredictable Work Hours
Studies have proven that unpredictable work hours cause stress in one’s personal and professional life. Many people expect long hours and a lot of travel when they begin at a certain organization. However, when those long hours and travel schedules are unpredictable, emoloyees can feel like they’re losing all predictability and control over their everyday lives. There are certain jobs that can appear to be flexible, but actually are just variable.
Overall, in order for employees to feel empowered and satisfied with their work-life balance, an effort must be made from those in management positions to create healthy environments. Those in charge should set clear expectations while taking into account individual needs as much as possible. Furthermore, companies should strive to avoid unpredictable hours as much as possible, and let their employees feel that they have some stability built into their schedules.