How Leadership Can Prevent Employee Burnout

Do you feel used up at the end of the workday?

Do you feel fatigued when you get up in the morning and have to face another day on the job?

Do you feel burned out because of work?


These could be symptoms of a physically demanding job—but then again, they could be symptoms of a psychologically demanding job. This is known as Emotional Exhaustion.

Several research studies have found that emotional exhaustion is directly related to an organization’s leadership style.


In fact, a few simple tweaks to leadership style can cause significant reductions in employee exhaustion. The key is to create an environment where:

  • Employees respect each other
  • Employees are treated with dignity
  • Employee diversity is valued
  • Employees are encouraged to be creative when solving problems
  • Supervisors pay attention to employees’ ideas

To put it very simply, it all comes down to one thing: respect. Employees who feel respected at work are also significantly less fatigued by their work.

If you want energetic employees that show up ready to go, all you need to do is make them feel more valuable and included where it counts. Here are 4 simple steps to become a better manager.


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