5 ways to help your staff avoid burnout.

We’re approaching an extremely hectic time of year. The stress of back-to-school has finally settled, but now the holidays are just around the corner. Of course, it’s also a festive time that encourages us to relax and enjoy our loved ones, too. But the added stress of responsibilities like shopping for gifts, cooking large meals, hosting family from out of town, and so on can be daunting. Add to that the work-related stress that often ramps up at year-end and you’ve got a recipe for burnout.

Don’t wait until it’s too late to support your employees. Here are five things you can do now to help them thrive in the coming busy months:

  1. Plan your staffing needs ahead. Will you need more sales associates, servers, or custodians in December? Start filling those roles and training now so your employees can organize their schedules in advance. That way you don’t have to worry about suddenly being short-staffed and requiring people to work extra shifts.
  2. Create more breathing room to meet deadlines. Nobody should be caught off guard when Black Friday, Cyber Monday, or Boxing Week hit. If these dates are important to your company, build detailed workback plans with lots of buffer room for contingencies as early as possible. This will help your team be as prepared as possible without scrambling at the last minute to get things done on time.
  3. Help your staff stay healthy. There’s always a bug that makes its way around the workplace just in time for the holidays. Don’t let it victimize your workers! Make sure they take adequate breaks throughout the day to stretch their bodies and get fresh air. If possible, provide healthy food options and make sure their work environments are as uplifting as possible.
  4. Provide supportive resources and counseling. Unfortunately, some employees might still fall sick or feel overwhelmed despite your best efforts. To help them recover, make sure you have a solid sick-leave policy in place and give them ample access to mental health resources (therapists, wellness articles, mindfulness exercises, etc) through your EAP.
  5. Celebrate wins, big and small. Doesn’t it feel awesome when someone tells you you’ve done a good job? Don’t underestimate the power of a thank-you — whether it be verbal or in cake form — to motivate and re-energize your staff.

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