risky employees, Employee Burnout

Early Detection is Key to Combat Employee Burnout

Are you dealing with a once-enthusiastic, high functioning employee who barely makes it to work on time and has difficulty performing job duties? If so, the employee may be experiencing employee burnout. If ignored, employee burnout will affect productivity and the overall morale of the entire office. The key is to detect employee burnout before it infects other employees and spirals out of control. Where There’s Smoke, There’s Fire What is employee burnout? Just like the term implies, it can be compared to the life cycle of a fire. Think of it like a smoldering flame – once it catches fire, if not managed, the flame will burn out of control until it eventually burns itself out. This is bad news when applied to an employee’s day-to-day existence, not to mention the potential to “catch another employee on fire” in the process. According to Psychology Today, burnout is a sign of chronic stress, which is often experienced by high-functioning personality types. In the workplace, it presents itself in overworked employees who often lack management support or assistance due to staff deficiencies. In most cases, the employee themselves are to blame, by taking on too much responsibility and handling it...

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Lessons Learned from a Bad Job

As the year winds down, it’s a logical time to reflect on what has happened throughout the last twelve months. If you’ve endured a bad job this past year, be assured your time has not been wasted! Consider it as time served in the school of hard knocks. Honeymoon is Over Often bad jobs were ideal jobs when advertised. Most people agree that bad jobs often start out good, with everyone within the office on their best behavior and the boss engaged and ready to help. Sometimes the switch to nightmare scenario is gradual, and sometimes it’s immediate. However, you are not alone; most people have experienced disillusionment in their professional life and became stronger because it. Some popular reasons a position does not end up as advertised: Hiring manager leaves or is fired Role was not established or clearly defined internally Coworkers are overly competitive with one another Collaboration is frowned upon Manager(s) dictate tasks and do not lead by example Overall, when a job is awful, it is due to a toxic work environment. Even the worst jobs out there can be tolerable if an organization has a positive work culture, where the employees feel supported, valued...

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Smart Hiring Practices

4 Keys You Must Know to Start Hiring Smarter (Part 1)

In the business the only thing that’s constant is that things change all the time. That includes employees. Employees leave for many reasons, from finding new and better opportunities, to getting laid off. Whatever the reason, employees leaving can have a profound effect on your business, especially if you have a small business.  The void they leave must be addressed and that often means finding someone to pick up their workload. You now need to run an ad, comb through resumes, interview people and ultimately offer someone a job and hope that person is the right fit. 2 Keys to Smart Hiring Pillar 1: Understand the Cost of Poor Hiring Decisions There are ways to help avoid poor hiring decisions. Understanding the costs and negatives of your hiring decisions and learning smart hiring techniques will go a long way towards saving you both time and money. Here are some startling statistics: Harvard Business Review points out that as much as 80% of employee turnover is due to bad hiring decisions 50% of hiring and HR managers estimate that bad hires have cost their companies thousands of dollars. The U.S. Department of Labor states that the price of a bad...

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