Burnout can have short-term and long-term mental and physical health effects. Decreasing work fatigue is essential to keep your employees healthy. It is also crucial to reduce absenteeism, short-term disability, and long-term disability claims. Here are seven tips to help reduce worker fatigue.
seven tips to help reduce worker fatigue
1. Set realistic goals:
When planning for any project, expect that there will be bumps in the road along the way. Give employees extra time where possible to complete tasks so that their mental and physical health will not suffer.
2. Limit meetings:
Meetings can take up a lot of time and can get out of control quickly. Only have meetings when necessary, and only with staff that need to be there.
3. Encourage physical health:
Exercise is one of the best ways to increase energy, improve moods, and reduce stress.
“Fatigue can cause weariness, sleepiness, irritability, reduced alertness, impaired decision making, performance, lack of motivation, concentration and memory. Studies have shown that fatigue is linked to health problems and increased employee absenteeism.”
4. Take breaks:
Make sure you and your employees are taking enough breaks during the day to fuel their body and mind.
5. Provide resources:
Education is often the key. It is helpful to provide articles or other information to educate your employees on the signs of work fatigue and burnout.
6. Offer training:
Do you offer training on time management or other health-related concerns? If not, consider implementing training for employees who are finding it challenging to complete daily tasks due to mental and physical health challenges.
7. Follow-up :
If you notice that an employee’s productivity is suddenly low, or they are making more errors than usual. Have a kind chat with them to determine if there is anything you can do on your end to ease the pressure they are currently facing.
employee wellness tips
Have concerns about the mental health or physical health of your employees? Do you see an uptick in disability claims? ComHealth offers psychotherapy and health coaching services for employees. Need help training your employees on health and wellness? We also provide health education and wellness programs. Feel free to get in touch with us today for more information.