Unless your business is staffed with a team of super robots that never run out of power, your employees have a limit to how much work they can accomplish. Pushing them beyond that limit may jeopardize their mental health, negatively impact their long-term performance and potentially endanger your client satisfaction. All of this adds up to lower revenue, which is the exact opposite of what you need. Employing a mix of temporary staff and permanent workers together will help you avoid employee burnout and keep your employees working at their optimum levels.

Warning Signs of Employee Burnout

As a business owner, it may be tough for you to notice when your employees are being pushed too hard. With so much focus on running and growing your business, it can be easy to get caught up in day-to-day duties and overlook the tell-tale signs of employee burnout. Multiple studies and surveys have shown that many American workers feel overworked and burnt out:[1],[2]

  • A survey of over 3,000 American and Canadian workers conducted by Staples Business Advantage and Jacob Morgan found that 40 percent of workers feel burnt out; 65 percent said workplace stress impacts their personal lives
  • A study conducted by Families and Work Institute revealed that nearly one-third of American employees feel overworked
Graph indicating that 40 percent of workers feel burnt out.
Graph indicating that 65 percent of workers said stress impacted their personal lives.

Technological advances have also added to this, with workdays often extending to nights and weekends at home or even on vacations. And with a large percentage of American employees stressed about finances and job security, many will push themselves to the breaking point for fear of losing their jobs.[3],[4] This is why much of the onus of recognizing the warning signs of employee burnout falls to employers.

Here are five things you can look for:

  1. Consistent Pattern of Exhaustion: We’re all guilty of coming to work feeling a little tired. Whether it’s because of a second job, childcare or just a late night, it happens. When you notice that an employee regularly seems overly exhausted, it could mean that he is feeling burnt out.
  2. Declining Work Quality: When a person is stretched too thin, he or she is likely to rush through other assignments to ensure that all work is done. This could lead to diminished work performance and, in turn, diminished revenue.
  3. Increased Absenteeism: Many employees who are on the verge of burnout may feel physically and mentally ill. When employees aren’t feeling well, they may call out of work, and if that happens repeatedly, it could be a symptom of feeling overworked.
  4. More Overtime than Normal: If taking overtime is the norm for one or more of your employees, it may be a sign that they’re being overworked. Having your employees regularly log 50 hours a week or more is not likely to result in improved productivity.
  5. Reduced Socialization: It’s natural for workers to socialize with one another. If you notice that one of your workers is less sociable than in the past, it may mean that he is stressed out and feeling overwhelmed.
Picture of an empty office.

Help Your Employees with Temporary Staff

Your work never stops, regardless of whether your employees are feeling burnt out or not. You need to grow your business and continue to meet the needs of your clients, who likely aren’t concerned with how overworked your employees feel. Temporary staff can give your team the boost it needs during busy times, but will save you from having to make long-term commitments to employees you may not need during slow periods. There are several other ways temporary staffing can help your employees and your business:

  • Add Expertise: Whether you’re hiring someone who can type faster than anyone in your office, an experienced accountant for tax season or a new salesperson to push a product, temporary staffing can give you access to skills your team doesn’t have.
  • Avoid Overtime: Not only is excessive overtime not good for your employees, it’s not good for your bottom line either. Why pay time-and-a-half to your permanent staff when you can pay a normal salary to temporary employees?
Picture of a team of employees working together.
  • Fill in Employment Gaps: If you lose a permanent employee due to illness, maternity leave or another life demand, your team’s overall productivity will likely suffer. But with the employee set to eventually return, you probably don’t want to commit to a long-term replacement. A temp employee can help you bridge these employment gaps so that your productivity never declines.
  • Temp-to-Hire Program: Committing to the wrong hire can be costly in more ways than one. But how do you know if a person will be a good fit with your staff? Utilizing a temp-to-perm approach will give you a window to evaluate new workers. This will save you time and money.
  • Spread the Work Out: There will be times when your work demands may be too great for your staff to meet. This can cause undue stress and pressure on workers and negatively affect their performance. By adding a few temporary staffers during busy times, you can effectively manage your employees’ workloads and maximize their productivity, while still meeting any increased demands.

Temporary staff adds a level of flexibility that will benefit your employees and your business. TPG Staffing has over three decades of experience providing temporary staff to companies across dozens of industries throughout the country. No matter the nature of work your business does or the needs you have, we will provide the temporary staff you need to get the job done. Call us today at 732-246-7100 to discuss your options.