Even in the best companies, burnout is a common ailment for hardworking employees. With the increasing emphasis on the pursuit of excellence in our recovering economy, burnout has reached an all-time high, resulting in exhausted employees: physically, mentally, and emotionally. While burnout is, of course, unhealthy and harmful to an employee’s well-being, it can also greatly hinder a company’s performance by taking its toll on productivity, efficiency, and overall morale.

Many employees in the U.S. today seem to experience difficulty separating work from the rest of their lives. Because of this, one of the healthiest things a company can do for its employees is help them regain space and sanity in their lives by promoting a work-life balance. To decrease burnout in your workforce, consider the following tips to help your employees maintain a healthy work-life balance and remain productive on the job.

  • Allow telecommuting. Recent studies prove that telecommuting from time to time significantly boosts productivity and morale for employees. If their job duties allow them to work remotely,  consider allowing an occasional day for these employees to telecommute and catch up on paperwork, research, or simply brush up on their skills.
  • Take advantage of morale-building opportunities. Sponsor occasional company-wide activities such as picnics, or lunches, or participate in charitable works. Not only does this build a sense of community and boost morale, it can offer a welcome break to employees and allow them to relax and socialize with their co-workers.
  • Be flexible. Allowing flexibility in schedules gives employees an increased feeling of personal control over their schedule and work environment. It also allows employees to work when they are most productive and balance work with family needs, life responsibilities, and personal obligations.

Finding the happy middle ground between work and personal life is the key to keeping employees satisfied, healthy, and productive on the job. FootBridge Energy has coined the phrase, “goal time over seat time” and places higher priority on getting the job done versus filling a seat for eight hours each day. Mindsets like this help promote work-life balance while simultaneously empowering employees to get the job done in a timely manner. If you are looking for help promoting a work-life balance in the energy industry, contact the experts at FootBridge Energy today!