How to Address and Overcome Team Burnout

In today’s fast-paced work environment, team burnout has become a serious problem that affects all industries. In fact, research shows that nearly two thirds of full-time workers deal with burnout at some point in their career. Furthermore, burnout presents a real challenge that can hinder productivity and morale. Recognizing the signs of burnout and implementing strategies to address it is crucial for maintaining a healthy and thriving workplace. Here we will take a look at how to identify, prevent, and mitigate employee burnout. 

Signs of Employee Burnout

Here are a few common signs of employee burnout that every manager should know:

  • Lack of interest or enthusiasm
  • Disengagement
  • Negative attitude
  • Frequent absences or tardiness
  • Decline in productivity
  • Producing lower quality work


Recognizing these signs of burnout is an important process for managers. That said, burnout can happen to anyone, managers included. Managers who ignore burnout are more likely to see poor morale, dissatisfied employees, and a high turnover rate. 

How to Overcome Team Burnout

1. Promote Open Communication

Establish a culture that promotes open and honest communication. Managers should create an environment where employees feel comfortable sharing their feelings and expressing their concerns. Regular check-ins and team meetings can be a great platform for open conversations and collaboration. 

2. Reach Out

If you suspect an employee may be experiencing burnout, start by scheduling a one-on-one meeting where you can share your concerns in private. Encourage them to be honest about their feelings and offer support by working with them to find a solution. 

3. Set Realistic Goals and Expectations

Make sure any goals and expectations you set for yourself and your team are achievable and manageable. Unrealistic expectations and tight deadlines contribute to higher stress levels and increased burnout. 

4. Encourage a Healthy Work/Life Balance

Promote a healthy work/life balance by respecting personal boundaries and discouraging excess overtime. Encourage employees to take breaks, use their vacation time, and take care of personal responsibilities that may arise. Not only does this demonstrate respect for employees, but it makes for a more sustainable and fulfilling work environment. 

5. Provide Workplace Variety

If an employee excels at a particular task, you may be tempted to assign that same task to them all the time. However, doing the same thing over and over can get boring and impact an employee’s level of engagement. Instead, provide opportunities for employees to work on various tasks so no one has to do the same thing for months at a time. 

6. Distribute Workloads Effectively

Another way to prevent burnout is to be mindful of how you distribute tasks and assignments. Be careful not to give too much work to one person to prevent them from feeling overwhelmed. Regularly assess and adjust work assignments to maintain a balanced distribution of responsibilities.