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Are your employees struggling with their workload? Here's how to support your team.

By Angela Knox | Mar 4, 2021

 

Whether you’re entering a busy period at work or you work in an industry that’s full-on all the time, it’s not uncommon for employees to struggle with their workload.

In some cases, burnout can be a result of constant high levels of work, while stress and even physical health issues are also more common than you might think.

So, as an employer, what can you do to support those with high workloads that might be struggling? Read on to find out some of the ways you could introduce support measures, improve your employee’s day-to-day work or make their job a little bit easier:

Encourage employees to come to you when they’re struggling

An employee experiencing work overload will often hold the burden all to themselves before it’s too late.

But offering active, open channels of communication can go a long way towards preventing them from reaching that tipping point.

Being able to come to you, or someone they can trust in the workplace, and communicate their struggles is step one.

Whether you source materials from our wellbeing programme and individual modules or just provide proactive help, being there can be all that’s needed to prevent employees from feeling overworked and underappreciated.

Look at where you could help to balance your employees' workload better

Part of managing employees is recognising and working to each employee’s strengths.

Balancing what is on the plate of an employee struggling with workload can help them succeed where they would otherwise drown.

That may mean changing the priorities of certain tasks, taking jobs off their plate, or even providing more efficient ways of working. By actively working with your employees to better manage their work, you’re promoting a healthier work-life balance and providing the support they need to get what they need to do done.

Provide time off or easier working periods in between busy times

It can be easy to take a fast-paced working environment for granted, but unless you work in an industry where there’s no let-up, there are some real benefits to slowing down on occasion.

Allowing employees time off, mental health days or a little less work provides the breathing room needed in-between heavy workloads.

If you’re able to provide employees with time to rest, you’re helping to support them in the long-term.

Slower times could also be used for training, introducing new strategies or software that speeds up work processes, or providing new ways to do jobs, all of which help to reduce the volume and stress of a high workload.

Source high-quality resources from our wellbeing programme

At Keep Fit Eat Fit, we understand that employee health covers all areas – and when it comes to the stress and physical toll that an employee struggling with workload can have, being proactive is the best thing to do.

Our range of different resources and programmes, including Mind Fit, Keep Fit and Sleep Fit, all help to promote an environment where workload doesn’t overwhelm.

By putting employee wellbeing first, you can ensure that high workloads aren’t necessarily a bad thing when managed properly from the start. 

Prevention is much better than cure, and when you invest in your employees’ wellbeing for the long-term, both you and they will reap the benefits - in terms of better health, contentedness, and productivity.

Getting the most from your employees without endlessly pushing and forcing them to work will pay dividends and at the same time create a feeling of appreciation and positivity.

 

Angela Knox

Angela Knox

I am a co-founder and director of Keep Fit Eat Fit Wellbeing Ltd and have come from a business and marketing background over many years, with a particular interest in everything to do with health, fitness and overall wellbeing. Having worked in offices for decades, I know the pitfalls of too much sitting at a desk, the challenges of fitting the gym around other commitments, and all the issues addressed within our website. The personal experiences of me and my partner Mark were the original inspiration for the concept of this website. Enjoy!