Recognizing and Addressing Employee Burnout During the Pandemic

Employees who remain working during the pandemic, either remotely or on the job site, may be experiencing increasing levels of stress and burnout. Maintaining work-life balance is becoming more and more difficult and employees are being challenged to work and live in new ways. This includes using new physical safeguards and new technologies. Methods employees formerly used to manage stress may be unavailable. Further, they may be touched by COVID-19 themselves or even lose loved ones to the disease. Additionally, no one can look forward to “vacations."

This article discusses situations and staff behaviors that managers should watch for, and strategies that they can adopt to address these challenges during this difficult time.

Posted in: Human Resources, COVID-19

Posted by Mary Jo Spiekerman, SPHR, SHRM-SCP

With over 20 years of human resources management in numerous industries, Mary Jo is uniquely qualified to advise the clients of Hausmann-Johnson Insurance on human resources related issues. She provides guidance on complex employment topics such as employee relations, talent management, recruitment, onboarding, and training. Mary Jo and her team help “lighten the load” for clients that may otherwise spend a lot of time, effort and energy attempting to do their own risk management and employee benefits administration. Mary Jo is especially excited about the journey Hausmann-Johnson has taken to become designated as a Great Place to Work by the Great Place to Work Institute. She began studying the process over 10 years ago and when she joined Hausmann-Johnson she knew the pieces were in place to catapult the agency onto the list of the 10 Best Places to Work in Insurance, which was achieved in 2015. Mary Jo is a graduate of Marian University with degrees in Business Administration and Human Relations. She is currently a member of the Board of Directors of Community Support Network and serves as a consultant to the Personnel Committee of her village board. When she’s not working she takes the time to relax with family and friends at her cabin on the Wisconsin/Upper Michigan border.