In the new year, many of us have a renewed sense of hope and purpose, even though we still face challenges.
As we talk to more and more leaders in the technology space, such as CHROs and Chief People Officers, their primary concern is the rise in employee burnout.
What many of these leaders don’t know is that the risk of employee burnout is not just about working long hours.
According to Gallup, when employees are inspired, motivated, and supported, they do more work with less stress.
The question then becomes how do we keep employees inspired, motivated, and supported?
What is the cause of employee burnout?
I’m sure each of us could name a laundry list of reasons, especially in a post-COVID world. We aren’t taking time off to get a needed reboot; there are home, work and social stressors; and communication can be more difficult in a remote environment.
However, according to a recent study1, there are six main stressors that lead to burnout:
- Overwhelming external shocks, compounded by workload.
- Feelings of isolation and lack of psychological safety.
- Unsupportive workplace culture.
- Existential crises and a lack of purpose.
- Over-invested identity.
- Gender-, racial- and age-based discrimination.
The cost of burnout for organizations represent significant loss in revenue, increased rate of talent attrition and loss of team and workplace culture.
What can leaders do?
Communication and engagement are positively correlated, and can help create a stress-free environment. As a leader within your organization, you have the power to better engage your employees (and yourself) at work. Yet, just as the stressors that cause burnout are different for each employee, the way we engage employees is based on their unique style and personality. Therefore, how we inspire, motivate and support are different for each person, making blanket solutions difficult.
What is the Engagement Report?
This is where TTI Success Insights new Engagement Report can help. The assessment is meant to understand how to engage and reboard your employees and leaders, increasing employee wellness. The report combines DISC and the 12 Driving Forces to reveal the “how” and “why” of human behavior.
The most exciting feature in TTI’s new Engagement Report is its easy-to-understand and shareable nature. The report now has updated statements, new words for each behavior in DISC, and new descriptors to increase understanding. My favorite page of the full 8-page report is the Communication Do’s and Don’ts which can be shared with your colleagues, teams, managers and leaders so they know how to best connect with you.
(In order to provide important resources to leaders, we are providing a shortened 4-page engagement report to all those who are interested! Try it out here.)
What are the benefits?
As an HR leader, the assessment can help to:
- Increase self-awareness in employees
- Open the channel of communication and feedback between employees and managers
- Give you the opportunity to reboard (and reboot) your staff
- Better understand what engagement initiatives would work best in your organization
The Engagement Report is just the beginning. Once you understand how your employees, teams and leaders need to be motivated, supported, and inspired, it’s time to get to work through leadership programs and initiatives.
Take the first step and try out a shortened version of TTI’s new Engagement Report, as a complimentary resource from ORCA HR.