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Supporting your employees through burnout and the ‘Great Resignation’
- August 10, 2021
- Posted by: Dr. Cindy Banyai
- Category: Thoughts
Many people are growing fatigued as the coronavirus pandemic waxes and wanes around the world. People have a lack of energy and zeal for their occupations. This fatigue is triggered by the uncertainty that COVID creates, as well as the shifting public health practices and precautions. This uncertainty fatigue is a major contributor to the burnout many of us are experiencing. We faced the initial abrupt changes from the pandemic with courage and comradery. However, after a year and a half of dealing with these changes, we are tired in an array of ways.
According to a survey from Monster in June, 95% of employees are considering leaving their job. Burnout is a leading factor in this desire to leave. Much of this burnout is fueled by surges in responsibilities and roles during the turbulent times of the pandemic. The challenge for employers is both at-home work and going back to the office vexing employees. Working situation changes coupled with broader societal changes from COVID19 are feeding the uncertainty fatigue and burnout. These feelings lead people to reassess their values related to work and their life, as well as a way to reduce the uncertainty.
Businesses need to tune into burnout in their workforce. Hiring is extremely competitive at this time and the ‘great resignation’ is underway in many industries and companies. Retention initiatives will be necessary for many companies, as well as systemic changes to be more adaptive and supportive of the needs of their employees. Change management professionals are in a prime position help organizations navigate these changes. Supporting employees in mental health, a positive corporate culture, and promoting fitness are ways businesses can beat burnout and avoid being a casualty of the ‘great resignation.’
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