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How to Reduce Employee Stress

FACT: A recent Gallup study found that about two-thirds of full-time employees experience burnout on the job.

1. First, understand the root of potential problems. Gallup research highlights five factors that tend to lead to employee burnout. They are: unfair treatment, an unmanageable workload, lack of role clarity, little communication and support from leaders, and unreasonable time pressures.

2. Practice listening. Employees whose manager is always willing to listen to their work-related problems are 62% less likely to be burned out, Gallup’s study shows. The best managers take active roles in what comes next, outlining steps to help solve staffers’ issues rather than letting them fester.

3. Encourage employees to take all their vacation. If they don’t feel they can fit in off time, reassess their responsibilities. Maybe they’re misallocating their time or maybe their workload is simply too intense.

4. Offer employees a flexible schedule that includes remote work. If employees can spend more time with their loved ones, they’ll generally be happier and more productive.