Can Flexible Work Options Solve for Employee Burnout?

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If you've ever felt burned out from working too hard or too often, there are plenty of people who feel the same way. Workplace burnout can ruin productivity and the health of your employees [both physically and mentally]. One solution is to offer flexible work options for your employees, including flextime and remote work. Read from CEO Jenn on how it could alleviate burnout: 


Fewer Interruptions, More Flow


As big proponents of the Science of Happiness, we support schedules and organizational structures that lead to optimal 'flow.' Flow can be likened to feeling 'in the zone" and is a concept coined by Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi, author of the best-selling book Flow: The Psychology of Optimal Experience. In her article, Jenn writes: 

It takes an average of 25 minutes to return to the original task flow after you've been interrupted. If you're lucky as a leader or manager to have only ten interruptions a day, you're still losing out on about two hours of productivity. 

If you're in HR, you can probably calculate that for an executive leader, this loss in productivity can translate to thousands of dollars per year. You can try calculating it for your role - estimate how many hours of interruptions you get in a day and multiply it by your approximate hourly rate. Don't forget that disruptions can include pings from your cell phone or any other small distractions. 


Could there be just as many interruptions at home? Sure, but generally, people are more comfortable at home and aren't subject to as many competitors for their attention [i.e., everyone at the office]. With less cubicle chatter, random stops by colleagues, or overheard conversations, you might find that there is a significantly lower number of distractions at home. 


Related: Can Your Company Profit from a Happier Culture? [INFOGRAPHIC]


Happier Work/Life Integration 


According to Gallup’s State of the American Workplace 2017, 53 percent of employees say having a job that allows for greater work-life balance and better personal well-being is “very important” to them. Knowing that at least half of your teams desire a healthier work/life integration, it's valuable to see how your organization can provide a structure that supports it [i.e., flextime, remote work, more PTO, etc.]. 


In the article, Jenn points this out:

It becomes impossible to juggle a positive work/life integration when you feel pressed for time. According to a 2015 Deloitte survey of over 1,000 full-time employees, 32 percent say they've consistently placed work commitments over personal ones in the past six months.

Even if you have highly engaged employees, placing work before personal commitments can eventually lead to resentment, job satisfaction, or burnout [we all need time to ourselves to recharge]. 
Continue reading Jenn's article for more advice on how flexible work options can significantly alleviate workplace burnout. 

How could a happier and more engaged culture affect your business? See how it worked for Northwell Health:Watch their culture story here.


About the Author

Briana Krueger

Bri is the Impact Storyteller on the Delivering Happiness team. Working previously as a freelancer, her goal has always been to work with passionate people who are focused on helping individuals and businesses find their purpose. As part of DH, she now gets to accomplish that every day. Bri resides in Arizona and is lucky enough to enjoy the sun all year round.


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