Dealing with employee burnout and the stressful periods that lead up to it cost organizations huge sums of money every year. But more tragic than this is the fact that all that thought leadership and contribution has been lost. It’s gone.

Our clients have been men and women who are leaders or professionals in small business, large corporate settings, government, nonprofit and community setting. What that says to you is that overload and burnout happens everywhere across every spectrum of workplace experience.

Workplace stress comes in a variety of shades. Recognizing employee burnout and doing something about it will take some major eye opening and guts in many organizations.

Here are some primary causes of employee burnout, overload, stress and fatigue.

I’ve written about these in other posts.

  • Burnout and Decision Making – Burnout and decision making inability are often found together. You’re responsible for results but not for the decisions that control the process.
  • Company Values and Burnout – Unspoken expectations determine reality more than nice words on a plaque in the foyer or on the organization’s website.
  • Voice at Work and Burnout – Not having a voice at work and burnout is debilitating. It devalues your expertise, experience and insight.
  • Company Recognition and Burnout – Company recognition and burnout would never show up together if someone paid attention to encouraging what’s good.
  • Good Relationships and Burnout – When you have good relationships and burnout is non-existent, there’s something to look forward to each day when you arrive at work. Otherwise it can be stressful.
  • To Do List and Burnout – Keep giving a person an impossible to-do list with little listening or understanding and burnout will inevitably come.
  • Burnout and Project Deadlines – Burnout and project deadlines that are unreasonable often show up together. They suck the life out of good people the organization should keep.
  • Lack of Resources and Burnout – Lack of resources and burnout go together when there’s a constant expectation of delivery . If you don’t have something to draw from, it’s pretty hard to deliver.

There you have it. The rest is up to you.