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Fighting employee burnout

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With today's workers feeling the strains caused by higher performance requirements, greater responsibilities, and more frequent downsizings, it's important for managers to be able to identify and deal with burnout — the loss of interest and motivation that can result from these workplace pressures.

Burnout will lead to confusion, emotional fragility, and depression — and diminished performance — and it's contagious, spreading throughout the team unless you act early and decisively to head it off. Here's how:

Watch for burnout indicators

Be alert for subtle but important shifts in perception and behavior, particularly those that reduce an employee's ability to cope with daily pressures. These include:

Lack of motivation. When previously enthusiastic workers lose interest in doing a good job — and explain the change with comments like "What's the point?" — there's a good chance the cause is burnout.

Pronounced negativity. Empl...(register to read more)

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