When employees are having difficulty handling their workload, their reactions can have a negative domino effect on the rest of the organization. Being overworked can make even the most motivated and high-performing employees become disengaged. Prevent worker burnout by recognizing these five signs your employees need a break:
Productivity is Dropping
Compare the current productivity levels to past ones – an uncharacteristic drop in employee output often signifies that employees may have too much work on their plates and are unable to get ahead. Tackle this by investigating to ensure it’s not a performance issue, and then solicit their feedback. Perhaps they are overwhelmed with constant changes in priorities or last-minute requests.
Errors are More Prevalent
The stress of a hectic workload can make it difficult for employees to focus on accuracy. Have you noticed an increase in mistakes or missed deadlines? This is a red flag that the quality of your organization’s performance will suffer if employees do not receive adequate time to take a break. A rested employee will typically come back more motivated to perform.
Workplace Morale is Changing for the Worst
Complaining is to be expected in any workplace, but is negativity on the rise in your employees’ interactions? If your once collaborative workers barely speak, or no longer have the optimism and sense of humor they once had, they may be burnt out and in need of time off or even just an uplifting distraction to change their mindsets.
Sick Days Are on the Rise
An increase in employees taking sick time (when there is no other explanation, such as flu season) can signal two possibilities: employees are stressed and/or overworked to the point of becoming physically ill, or they are becoming mentally disengaged and no longer care as much as they once did. Either way, take action when there is an “out-of-the-ordinary” rise in sick days to determine the culprit and what needs to be done.
Customer Complaints Are Up
Employee performance that suffers due to stress or being overworked can end up costing your company in lost opportunity if customers begin to express dissatisfaction. When people outside of your organization are being affected, such as by messages not being returned or orders not filled properly, it may be time to rethink your staffing strategy in order to ensure your employees can take time off and then come back and work to the best of their ability.
Employee burnout is a major indicator that you may need more hands on deck. Whether your increase in workload is short-term or projected to remain consistent, RPC Company can help you meet your staffing needs and get your team back on track. Since 2002, RPC has been serving employers in the Dallas/Fort Worth area with recruiting and staffing for temporary, temp-to-hire, direct hire, and more. Contact RPC Company to learn more about our employer services.