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Businesses warned to look out for signs of stress in their workforce

Haus of HR Founder, Rachel Collar shares how to proactively identify signs in Stress Awareness Month.

In April’s Business Times Northamptonshire and Business MK, Rachel highlights that burnout is a significant concern, impacting not only individual wellbeing but also overall business performance. That’s why we’ve created a handy list of the top 5 signs of burnout:

1. Increased absenteeism: Employees experiencing burnout may take more sick days, affecting overall productivity and team morale.

2. Decline in performance: A noticeable drop in work quality, missed deadlines and decreased productivity can be indicators of burnout.

3. Emotional exhaustion: Burnout often leads to emotional fatigue, causing employees to feel drained, irritable and disconnected.

4. Physical symptoms: Chronic stress can manifest physically through headaches, fatigue and other health issues.

5. Withdrawal from colleagues: Burnout may lead employees to disengage socially, avoiding interaction with colleagues and isolating themselves.

To support Stress Awareness Month we are offering this expert advice for businesses this April.

1. Promote open communication: Create an environment where employees feel comfortable expressing concerns about workload or stress.

2. Implement wellbeing initiatives: Offer stress management workshops, counselling services or wellness programs to support employees.

3. Encourage work-life balance: Foster a culture that values and promotes a healthy work-life balance, reducing the risk of burnout.

4. Regular check-ins: conduct regular one-on-one check-ins with employees to discuss workload, challenges and well-being.

5. Educate managers: Ensure managers are trained to recognise signs of stress and equipped to support their team members effectively.

At Haus of HR we are committed to assisting business owners in navigating these challenges. With a proactive approach, it’s easy to prioritise the wellbeing of your employees. We’re on hand to support any business to reduce stress in your workplace.

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