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How Communication and Burnout Go Hand-in-Hand
If an organization is a machine the communication is the oil that keeps it going. Inadequate communication in the workplace, or in general, play a big role in how you feel and if you experience burnout. Do you feel your workplace has communication issues or that your employees are at risk of experiencing burnout? Keep on reading to learn more.
Similarly, #effectivecommunication helps people feel satisfied and valued. In 2021, the AMA released a study that explores the relationship between bullying, burnout, and communication. However, they do not dive deep into the communication part and the significant role that it plays in avoiding burnout in the workplace. So, in this article, we’ll explore some communication tactics that help improve the workplace, and increase productivity, and employee satisfaction.
Clear and Open Communication
In an organization, clear and open communication leads to employees being less frustrated and finishing their tasks more effectively. It is important to set clear goals and expectations so that everyone in the workplace knows what they are working towards and what part they play. It also helps in establishing realistic expectations and clarifies roles and responsibilities. When employees have a clear understanding of their tasks and objectives, they are less likely to experience the stress and frustration that can lead to burnout.
Feedback and Support
Regular support and appropriate feedback from supervisors, mentors, and fellow colleagues can provide improved employee satisfaction rates while reducing the risk of burnout. Moreover, constructive feedback also helps employees improve their performance along with effective supportive communication which helps them in feeling less isolated. Communication also gives employees a sense of belongingness in the workplace which is known to increase productivity.
In a workplace, there should be open and clear channels of communication that allow workers to express their concerns, discuss priorities, and negotiate deadlines when necessary. Transparent communication about workload expectations can help manage them and also prevent overwhelming situations that can cause burnout.
If there is conflict among different teams, departments, or even between individual employees, effective conflict resolution helps in preventing frustration which can lead to burnout. In case a conflict arises, you should have effective communication tactics such as having an open dialogue, active listening, and even meditation if necessary. Promptly addressing and resolving conflicts minimizes their negative impact on employee well-being.
One of the most essential things you can do as an employer to avoid burnout is to promote talks of maintaining a healthy work-life balance. You should encourage employees to freely communicate their needs, flexibility, and boundaries when it comes to work. This helps in neglecting burnout due to chronic overwork and encourages employees to not avoid personal well-being.
When it comes to social support and building connections in the workplace, communication is essential. Positive relationships with colleagues and superiors create a sense of camaraderie. This increases job satisfaction and provides a support system during challenging times which can decrease the risk of experiencing burnout significantly.
The Risk of Ineffective Communication
Now that we’ve discussed why effective and regular communication is vital to the smooth functioning of a workplace, let’s talk about how ineffective communication can hinder the workplace.
Poor communication practices such as lack of transparency, unclear expectations, inadequate support, and feedback are all factors that contribute to burnout. Additionally, communication breakdowns, misinterpretations, or excessive workload demands without a clear dialogue can increase stress levels, decrease job satisfaction, and amplify the risk of burnout. Remember, when an employee is unsure of what is expected of them, does not receive adequate support, and most importantly, is overworked, they are more likely to not only perform poorly but also experience burnout.
When an organization does not use proper communication strategies or does not have an open line of communication for everyone in the workplace, it doesn’t only cause the employees to suffer but harms the organization as a whole. After all, your employees are what make the organization.
And it is because of this that you should start practicing effective communication in the workplace. Effective communication also means that you must speak to the value of others. This helps individuals feel more valued and that they belong in the workplace.
These are the communication habits and tactics that we’ll be taking a deep dive into at the Turning Points Summit! As an entrepreneur, I’ve faced so many challenges when it comes to effective communication and burnout. It all started when I was bullied and how that translated into my workplace.
Now, my mission is to educate others. When communication is done right, it is great for everyone involved in the organization from top to bottom. This is a talk that you don’t want to miss. I, along with 30+ other amazing speakers will not only tell you about what effective communication is, but also some great business tips all from industry experts.
So, register yourself for FREE at the Turning Points Summit for today, limited spots available! I can’t wait to see you there.
I’m Dr. Nan Nuessle and I’m here to help.