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‘Tis the season… for employee burnout

Help them when they need it by offering a gift that keeps on giving: holistic wellbeing resources and meaningful support

The holidays are always a good time to be grateful and feel hopeful for the new year and new opportunities ahead — but after a year like this one, if that gratitude is a bit harder to find and the season has felt just a little less jolly, we get it. This year has been hard and after months of uncertainty and angst, studies are showing that employees are struggling even more than usual this time of year to stay engaged and motivated. Burnout is spreading, and it’s important to have a plan in place to recognize your team’s stress and to give them the support they need to manage through these tough months.


This is the final of three posts detailing best practices for keeping teams engaged, cultures strong and company burnout out bay. To learn more about what best-in-class companies are doing to adapt and what you can learn from their takeaways, access the full series here.


Employee burnout is a real problem

  • Burnout risk is rising: Employee burnout risk rose to a two-year high in August 2020, with signs of burnout up 33%.

  • COVID-19 added strain: A recent survey found 69% of people working from home during the pandemic are experiencing burnout.

  • Its impact can be far-reaching: 50% of HR leaders list burnout as a top issue for employees who leave the company.

Here are some ideas for how

you can best support your team.

Whether you’re working remotely for the foreseeable future, thinking through a return to the office or already back together, your wellbeing program can help you prevent employee burnout.

Ask how they’re doing (then ask again).

Navigate’s platform includes survey tools that help you gauge the daily pulse of your team, creating opportunities to tailor your communication and include what they need to hear.

Train managers to recognize symptoms.

You can’t recognize burnout if you don’t know what it looks like. Help your managers to recognize symptoms so they can react with compassion. With Navigate, you can easily include trainings as part of your wellbeing program.

Provide resources and benefits to combat stress.

Easily accessible employee benefits, meaningful resources to help manage stress, and fitness challenges are just a few ways a wellbeing hub can provide support. Burnout isn’t just a mental challenge—it spans physical, mental, and emotional health, which is why a focus on overall wellbeing is so important.

From online tools and resources to surveys and communication capabilities, a well-strategized wellbeing program is a great way to support your employees and show how much you care.

Burnout won’t go away on its own,

but your wellbeing program can help.

At Navigate, our holistic wellbeing strategy and flexible technology platform can help you communicate your benefits, engage your people, and provide valuable resources to employees who need them—all while making life easier on your HR administrators. Contact us to learn more about engagement with an impact, and stay tuned in 2021 for additional insights, blogs, white papers, and more.



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