Despite how important it is to keep employees ambitious and happy, many companies struggle with overwhelmed workers. In fact, according to Deloitte’s research, 79% of companies have employees that report that they are overwhelmed.
That is an astounding number, and this feeling of being overwhelmed has harmful consequences – such as increased stress levels, lessened work-life balances, and workers becoming burnt out or even physically sick, leading to many missed work days, costing employers a great deal of money and a loss of productivity year after year.
Thankfully, there are methods that employers can use to help cut down on this issue. To find ideas to help your employees be less overwhelmed this year, read on.
How to Help Employees Feel Less Overwhelmed in 2017
Cut down on emails
Deloitte reports that each day, over 100 billion emails are exchanged each day, with only one in seven being critically important. That proves that so many emails can be cut out from the day to day of business, which would give employees more time to focus on their work and less time clearing out a stuffed inbox.
Deloitte’s study shows that the average employee spends over a quarter of the day reading and answering emails, so cutting down on the volume of them could save some serious time and prevent unneeded stress.
Set rules for work outside of normal hours
People check their mobile phones more than 150 times per day on average, and many of those times are used to catch up on email. Setting and enforcing guidelines that discourage emailing outside of work hours and making it the expectation that people will not be working during their personal time can help employees feel as though they have a better work-life balance.
Encourage employees to say no sometimes
Many workers feel scared to say no to people when it comes to adding onto their workload. This fear and aversion to saying no, delegating, and realizing when they are over capacity can lead to severe stress, working long hours, and a poor work-life balance.
All of these factors could easily result in an unhappy employee that is dying for a break. Show those in your organization that it is acceptable and encouraged to say no when they cannot add more to their plate.
As a leader, you can help with this by offering frequent help and checking in with teammates on workload to ensure it is equally dispersed. Having workers cross trained on many topics also allows people to lend a helpful hand when their workload is lesser than others, which is always helpful.
How a PEO Can Help
Let us help you allow your employees to be stress free this year. We can match you with a PEO that will best suit the needs of your organization and will help keep your employees happy and healthy throughout 2017.