When you’re putting in long hours and working relentlessly towards a purpose that you’re passionate about, burnout is inevitable. Entrepreneurs know this; it’s part of the process, and everyone has their own strategy for coping.
When it’s your employee feeling the burn, on the other hand, you have a critical problem on your hands — and limited time to solve it. You have to take the right steps to assess the situation and determine your role in improving their happiness and job satisfaction.
Seven entrepreneurs from Young Entrepreneur Council (YEC) discuss some tactics they use to alleviate a key employee’s stress when times are tough.
1. Send her away to recharge.
Sometimes even just one day away from the office can do wonders. Send her to the spa for the day and to a dinner and show in the evening. Not only will that employee feel appreciated, but they will come back refreshed and recharged. That small investment can go a long way in not only retaining the employee, but also maximizing her output.--Jonathan Long, Market Domination Media
2. Shift roles.
Ask the employee if she would like to learn something new and train someone else to help her with her current role. Doing something new will be a refreshing change of pace and will also increase her value to your organization. And, whoever she is cross-training will also become more valuable as well.--Angela Harless, AcrobatAnt
3. Find out what she loves.
Spend time with that employee finding out something that still brings her joy, enthusiasm and excitement. Based on that, find out if there are other duties she can undertake that will help her connect with that joy again. Try and switch out her routine as well, and offer brief breaks so she can go for walks, do yoga, meditate and recharge in the middle of the work day.--Marcela DeVivo, National Debt Relief
4. Encourage her to look elsewhere.
If an employee is truly bored, her attitude will become one of indifference and may hurt the morale of the rest of your team. Have an honest conversation and give her space to look for a new role. A job search will help her define her passion; seeing other situations might help her realize that the grass isn’t greener elsewhere. And as she defines her passion, you can craft a role she loves.--Aaron Schwartz, Modify Watches
5. Hear her out.
First you need to find out what aspects of the business she is burnt out on. Next, you need to ask her what she would like do in the company. It is important to be flexible and to work with her to get her to where she wants to be. Give her more challenges and celebrate the small victories. This will make her feel appreciated and valuable to the company.--Jayna Cooke, EVENTup
6. Spark enthusiasm with incentive.
Consider giving her a bonus or a short company-paid vacation to spark enthusiasm and get her back on track. It can be easy to get lost in routine and lose appreciation for what you do. Maybe she is feeling undervalued and needs a little reminder that you need her. A small incentive to get her back in a healthy and motivated mindset can go a long way.--Stanley Meytin, True Film Production
7. Encourage a sabbatical.
Often, time off is what employees need to recharge their batteries. If they get a break from work it can prevent burnout or boredom. Not only will it benefit short term mental health, but a hiatus will allow for increased long-term dedication and appreciation for their work as well. A sabbatical allows bored employees to regain focus and burned out employees to revitalize themselves.--Sathvik Tantry, FormSwift