Most businesses have a busy period. This could be during the summer when staff members are off on summer holidays. It could be in the run up to Christmas when the office is shut. Perhaps its during the festive period when orders pick up, or in January when the sales begin.
When your business busy period is doesn’t matter. It is how you deal with it and how you ensure that employees do not burnout during these busier periods at work.
As a business owner, you need to think about when the busy seasons are for your business. As well as how you can plan ahead to ensure they can be handled, without the risk of employee burnouts. Burnouts are to do with the company and culture (you), as opposed to the employees. So we have put together some top tips to help avoid burnouts in your workplace.
- Consider the work flow and line managers for each department. If there are too many decision makers it can make it tricky for employees and teams to just get the job done.
- Ensure that employees are getting time to relax, recharge and get away from work. Your employees need a good work – life balance to give you the best in the workplace.
- The saying goes that “Teamwork Makes the Dream Work”. This will help reduce stress at work, and the subsequent risk of burnouts. Encourage employees and teams to work together and communicate.
- Ensure that employees are not being micro-managed. While some employees may require this, especially new employees, many won’t and being micro-managed will cause upset and stress in the workplace. This can lead to burnouts.
- You will have employees in your business that are skilled in all departments and can take on all roles. However, you need to be careful to not overload them with too much work as you will burn out your best employees.
- Make sure the management structure is clear and the doors of communication are always open. This means employees can raise concerns if they are overwhelmed by workloads or given more work than they can handle.
- Be clear with requirements. This can be tricky when business is busy and you want to get things done as quickly as possible. However, by explaining the requirement clearly there is more chance your requests will be fulfilled correctly.
- Employees will put in extra effort and extra hours during busier periods. Make sure you take the time to thank them for doing so. Give regular and public acknowledgement and praise so employees feel recognised.
If you do not have enough employees to deal with the busier periods of the business then why not consider bolstering your team with temp workers? Bring temp workers in before the busy periods start so they can be fully trained and up to scratch in preparation for the busier periods of the business.
We can help find the right temp workers for your business, so those busy periods run much smoother.