Keeping your staff operating efficiently is a must for the organization’s productivity and its bottom line. Unfortunately, a fine line exists between working your employees hard and them beginning to suffer the adverse effects of burnout. Being able to successfully navigate this fine line helps separate the best IT managers from those merely holding that title.
Perhaps your employees are underreporting their time; leaving you unaware about their becoming burned-out? What follows is a closer look at this burgeoning issue impacting technology companies all over the industry. Good luck in your efforts fighting this scourge.
The Numbers behind the Burnout
A recent study on employee burnout surveyed over 1200 workers across a variety of business sectors. One significant survey finding notes that nearly one-half of the respondents work more than 40 hours per week – unbeknownst to their managers. One-quarter of the surveyed employees regularly underreport the hours they work.
Whatever the reasons for this underreporting, it simply makes resource planning an even more difficult process for managers. As such, it becomes harder to forecast any adverse impacts because of burned-out workers. Bosses may feel any signs of employee burnout may be due to other reasons, unrelated to the office.
Thirty-five percent of the respondents reported suffering from burnout, while one-third felt that working more than 40 hours per week is a necessity to truly succeed as a professional. Rob Bruce, vice president of strategy at Kimble Applications, commented on the crux of this problem.
“If you’re perpetuating the illusion that a project took 40 hours when it took 48, say, that’s a huge problem. People are overworking and underbilling. Clients aren’t getting the best efforts from people who are burned out and exhausted. Your organizations aren’t benefitting,” said Bruce.
Steps to combat Employee Burnout
Work with your project managers to mandate accurate time reporting. This helps the budgeting process for upcoming projects while also helping to improve the analysis of your organization’s current initiatives. Foster open communication between employees and management; they should feel comfortable asking for help when they are overwhelmed.
Additionally, offer a generous personal/vacation time policy and encourage your employees to take advantage of it. A balance between your staff’s professional and personal lives remains a key factor in combating burnout. A healthier, happier, and more productive workforce is the likely result.
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