The Hidden Factor That’s Fueling Employee Burnout
Employee burnout is rampant. You’ve probably already seen the consequences of burnout in your own organization — diminished employee well-being, increased turnover, and declining performance. Now it’s time to identify its causes. While there are several known contributors, there is one critical factor even HR experts have missed: complex workplace technology. Only 20% of HR leaders identified technology that prevents employees from doing their jobs as a primary contributor to burnout, according to a Kronos survey. Like a fan over a flame, burnout thrives in this gap between the perceived problem and reality. Technology is a much bigger driver of burnout than most people realize.
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Your workplace technology could be making employee burnout worse
When your employees suffer, so does your bottom line
5 known burnout contributors, and 1 that’s overlooked
Your workplace technology could be making employee burnout worseAs the volume and complexity of enterprise tools rise, the more vulnerable your employees are to stress and frustration. From there, it’s a short road to burnout.
Employee burnout affects people in different ways. On the extreme end of the spectrum, it can manifest in debilitating anxiety, stress, insomnia, or even physical illness. Less severe symptoms include an inability to focus, irritability, and feeling detached from one’s work and personal life.
In all of its forms, burnout is afflicting American companies in epidemic proportions.Almost a quarter of workers — 23% — often or always feel burned out at work. Forty-four percent feel burned out at least sometimes, according to a Gallup study of 7,500 full-time workers. employee retention are drastic.
- 95% of HR leaders say burnout is destroying workplace retention (Kronos)
- 46% attribute 20% to 50% of annual turnover to it (Kronos)
- 63% more likely to take sick days
- 2.6 times more likely to look for a new job
- 13% less confident in their performance
- 23% more likely to visit the emergency room
5 known burnout contributors, and 1 that’s overlookedBefore you can begin to fix employee burnout, you must first understand the common causes. But conventional research doesn’t tell the whole story. Gallup identified five primary contributors:
- Unfair treatment
- Unmanageable workload
- Lack of role clarity
- Inadequate support from managers
- Unreasonable time pressures