Avoiding Burnout in Highly Engaged Employees

I recently came across an article in the Harvard Business Review titled “1 in 5 Highly Engaged Employees Is at Risk of Burnout” written by Emma Seppala and Julia Moeller and thought it to be useful for all business leaders.

Retaining employees, mostly the high performing ones, who show no apparent signs of non-engagement is a big task for organizations and business leaders. In fact, the more hard working employees are at a higher risk of burn-out as they are constantly driven by their goals and targets. A by-product of this engagement is high levels of stress in most cases and unless companies recognize this and take pro-active measures to help employees manage this stress, there is a greater risk of turnover among these high performing and highly engaged employees.

There are a number of things that corporates can do to manage this and some of these are listed below:

  1. Set realistic and achievable goals
  2. Provide optimal resources to the employees
  3. Respect their need of achieving work-life balance
  4. Inculcate a culture of empathy at workplace and understand the employee’s need to de-stress

A good employee wellness program, and by that I mean the one which focuses on the overall well-being of the employees, can do its bit in helping organizations and HR achieve this delicate balance. It may not be the panacea to all of the organization’s problems but with the right kind of support and buy in from the HR and the management, it can surely have a reasonable impact on the corporate culture.

An important thing to keep in mind while choosing a wellness program is that it should be able to fit in and complement the culture of the organization. “One size fit all” approach does not work well, and just like a doctor understands the symptoms of the patient first before recommending a treatment plan, a good wellness program needs to have an outside in approach.

Every organization is different and so should be its wellness program. It should be customized to the needs of the organization and should work as an extension to the company’s other initiatives for achieving a culture of wellness and productivity.

MeeHappy Wellness is an EAP with a mission to help organizations get the best out of their most important assets, thereby achieving corporate goals. We understand that the engagement and delivery requirement of every organization is unique. In order to cater to these diversified needs MeeHappy offers its services in different easy to choose, yet customizable packages.