What’s Better Than Working Hard? Working Smart.

calendar September 13, 2018

Do you or your employees feel exhausted from having too much going on? Does it ever feel like there’s so much to do, and not enough time, money, or resources to get it all done? If this sounds familiar, you’re not alone.

One study on employee burnout reported that more than half of U.S. employees feel overworked or overwhelmed at least some of the time, and that 70% often dream of having a different job.

Much of this frustration and exhaustion may be the result of businesses having unrealistic expectations, too few employees, or inadequate training. It may also be the effect of obsolete technology and processes. Regardless of the source, it is important to survey your employees regularly to develop an understanding of your company’s culture, and overall job satisfaction.

Inefficient HR, payroll, and benefits systems can be detrimental to a small business, and a high turnover rate can be downright deadly. If you are suffocating under the weight of everyday business and job responsibilities, it’s very likely that your employees are as well.

So how can you keep employee burnout from eating away at your team, your morale, and your bottom line?

Start working smarter

Although feeling overwhelmed on the job may seem commonplace, it doesn’t have to be. As an organizational owner, leader, or decision-maker, you should have some control over this.

First, consider the functions and responsibilities of each employee’s business role.

  • What do you do that must be done only by you?
  • What does accounting do that is unique to them?
  • HR? Marketing? Sales?

Identifying and clearly understanding the key functions of everyone on your team will help everyone work smarter and more efficiently.

Ask yourself, or brainstorm with your team, what existing activities are critical, which ones are unnecessary, and which ones can be shared in groups, and/or across departments. This is especially important for small businesses with a limited number of employees who are expected to wear many hats or perform many job functions.

For example:

  • How can sales help marketing? And vice versa?
  • Can HR and payroll collaborate in ways that make their workflow seamless, and simplified with more control and less involvement?
  • How can your executive leadership help?

Streamline for success

Supporting your HR, sales, marketing, and accounting team by evaluating roles, tasks, and procedures won’t just help them become more productive and efficient. It will also help reduce your level of workplace frustration, stress, and burnout.

Making this happen requires a detailed assessment of goals, responsibilities and processes. If your job descriptions are outdated, your systems and processes probably are as well. And if your technology is outdated, your team is probably working way harder than they should be.

Fortunately, more and more technology solutions are as affordable as they are effective, and can help small businesses improve their productivity, efficiency, and free-up more time for their team. For example, using technology to streamline the payroll process can eliminate a significant amount of manual work for your team.

Keeping burnout at bay

Once your team is running smoothly, it’s tempting to think that piling on more work will equal more results. But there’s a very fine line between more work and too much work.

Making sure your employees feel valued and appreciated is the first step to avoiding workplace burnout. This doesn’t necessarily require handing out frequent raises and bonuses. Sometimes, it’s the little things that mean the most.

  • Can you offer weekly meditation classes at your headquarters?
  • Can you re-design your office to nurture a more stress-free working environment?
  • Could you be more flexible with some of your employee policies?
  • How is the communication in your organization?
  • Are your workloads realistic and manageable?
  • Do you offer paid vacation and time off?

When dealing with employees, it’s important to be empathetic and realistic. You want to increase productivity without breaking the bank, or anybody’s back.

Understanding how to manage workplace goals, tasks, processes, and stress levels will help you cultivate happy, healthy and productive employees.

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