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Employee Burnout - And Employers Can
Avoid It

by Kenyatta Thomas
A Little Appreciation Goes A Long Way.

The above phrase is not a cliché; rather something that rings true among the ranks of employees out there who sometimes feel that they are unappreciated. It has nothing to do with raises or bonuses - but maybe a SINCERE Thank You, Job Well Done a nice lunch, a bouquet of flowers - SOMETHING that indicates that someone actually appreciates the time and effort that their employees are putting in.

Here are how some of our StorkNet Moms feel about ways they believe their employers could show their appreciation and how some of their bosses ARE showing their appreciation.

My boss is pretty good about supporting us. He's out of town a lot and expects a lot of work from his employees with very little instruction from him. Once a month, when he is in town, he will by us ice cream or other little snacks to have at our meetings and he and his wife have our group over to their house several times a year for dinner.

He also does this for the secretaries and support people in our building. None of the other management people ever do this. This makes up a lot for his lack of verbal communication. ~AquariJenn

My Office Director is the worst at showing appreciation! I feel that the staff is the best resource in helping to get the job done - and they should be treated accordingly. My Director just doesn't get that money is not the only way to show appreciation. ~Basia

We don't get much appreciation from our boss either. If you do a good job - rather than Thanks - you get more work thrown at you. I feel sometimes as if being good at my job is a curse! It wouldn't be so bad if someone would notice once in a while how hard the staff is working - I've been at my job for 4 years, and I've seen some of the best people take a hike and one of the reasons is always the lack of appreciation. ~Bezz

With the job market as competitive as it is these days, it's important for employers to not take for granted the employees that stick by them. Loyalty still means something to the average employer - and if they feel undervalued and under appreciated - there is always the option for them to leave, yes, but why have a high employee turnover rate - when simple acts of appreciation would ensure a loyal staff?

This is not to say employees should not take advantage of today's competitive market either. If you feel undervalued and you feel as if you aren't being compensated, there is no reason why you SHOULD stay.

My forums Special Contributor, Becky Crawford, summed it up best:

I am now at a job where I get thanked simply for doing my job. Often I tell them that it's not necessary to tell me Thank You - Job Well Done, every time I complete a task, since its my job to do this - but it's nice to hear.

In my previous job, I encountered EVERYTHING bad about the corporate world one person possibly could! We had sexual harassment, horrendous management, and blatant employee inconsideration - the works. I stayed only to get much needed experience, and when I felt I had that experience - I began searching for a new job.

It took an unexpected lay off from my old company to step up my plans to look for a new job - but I found one - and I am SO happy at my new job.

My point? The point is there ARE employers out there who appreciate good work and effort. If you are a good employee, you should make it known that you won't be treated as anything other than that. ~Becky

So along with the bad and the good - my advice would be to keep in mind, just as no one person is irreplaceable -the loss of a valued, productive employee IS irreplaceable. The good companies know this - so keep your options open and your resume updated. You never know what may pop up when you least expect it - especially if you're on the verge of employee burnout.

This should be a wake-up call to employers out there but more importantly - a wake-up call to ourselves especially. WE have got to be our own best champion, our own best supporter - and know when to say WHEN.

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