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Motivational Empowerment to Combat Stress and Burnout

by Jody Ordioni

Stress is an indicator that you are pushing your limits. However, at times, it can also point out that something is missing. Stress takes a heavy toll on our physical and mental well-being, which often decreases productivity in the work sphere. Managing stress is very important for the employee and replacing it with a positive vibe is even better. Harboring stress depletes energy- both mental and physical. If stress levels run high within the work environment, then it leads to a noticeable increase in the disengagement of employees’ experience. A good business leader is one who can gauge the reason for stress within the company. One of the most important jobs of a business leader is to spark motivation and keep the morale high within the company.

Motivation and Meaning in Work

Our study shows that high-stress levels in the company go hand-in-hand with a lack of motivation in the workforce. Depleted enthusiasm challenges the smooth functioning of the company. Innovation is important to outperform competitors, but its greatest hindrance is lack of motivation, especially the drive that originates within- intrinsic motivation.

Stress is famously known to be the death of creativity. The workforce mainly constitutes of millennials. The main aim of this crowd is to find purpose and meaning in their work. A paycheck is not the only thing that matters to them. To cater to such an employee base, intrinsic motivation has to be kindled routinely. It can arise from two components- autonomy and purpose. Allow them to explore both avenues and watch them thrive.

Learning to Control Your Situation

Today’s economy is plagued by constant disruption and change. The inevitability of the chaos is accelerated by the fear of employees losing their jobs as A.I. develops and replaces manual labor. Studies have shown that a sense of being powerless is the most significant cause of workplace stress. Companies can combat this sense of loss of control by allowing the employees to exercise discretion in carrying out their jobs- in other words, a meaningful autonomy. If employees feel that the company trusts them, it empowers them to take initiative and ownership of the work they are engaged in. This kind of engagement increases workplace productivity and leads to higher retention rates.

However, creating a culture that allows room for autonomy, demands a change in the leadership style too. If the leadership is rigid and hierarchal, then progressive changes are impossible to usher in. Authority and decision-making are not the privileges of any one individual, rather a responsibility to be shouldered by all. When leadership is involved with the progress of employees, it gives the latter a much-needed boost in morale.

Clear Purpose

Companies where the employees are driven by purpose usually perform better and report higher rates of employee satisfaction. Aligning the job of the employees with their strengths and unique traits is a challenge for any company. It is the mark of a great leader to help the employees succeed and thrive, by putting them in positions that utilize their potential to the maximum. The purpose is founded on clear expectations to produce the best results.

Our study has shown that the number one cause behind employee burnout is the lack of purpose in their job. The percentage of employees who are clear on what is expected from them in the workplace is a dismal 60%. Unclear expectations and lack of purpose can be exhausting since most of the time on the clock goes into asserting what is expected from the employee. Communicating clearly is important to engage and motivate employees.

Investing in Employees

The pressure to constantly adapt and deliver perfectly every time, adds a lot to already stressful work life. Feeling incompetent is a great deterrent to the motivation of employees. Your employees are the capital of your company. It is always advisable to invest in them. A culture that fosters learning gives rise to stress-free, resilient employees.

The Bottom Line

Stress can arise due to various reasons. The job can be overwhelming at times and at other times it can also be underwhelming. Each employee like being challenged so that they can continue learning and developing in their field. As an employer, the most important goal is to motivate your employees to spark innovation.

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