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)