5 Ways to Reignite the Spark in Burned-Out Employees

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As COVID-19 causes a mass shift toward working from home, many employees are struggling to remain empowered and motivated, and as a result, are suffering from diminishing productivity levels and overwhelming stress.

The pandemic has brought an onslaught of accompanying problems with it that have led to escalated anxiety levels.

If your attempts at reigniting the spark in burned-out employees have all gone in vain during this time, you’re not alone. Businesses across the globe are preparing for the emergence of a financial crisis, an overwhelmed workforce and a thick mist of uncertainty that’s hampering mental and emotional stability.

Helping your workforce feel motivated and inspired is essential.

We’ve rounded up five ways to resuscitate lost motivation in employees to help you get started.

1. Share Motivational Keynote Speeches

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One of the most effective ways to prevent employees from feeling overwhelmed and distressed is sharing motivational keynote speeches.

As a member of the Speaker Hall of Fame, Steve Gilliland offers a wide range of inspirational and moving keynote speeches that help employees feel empowered and resilient.

His message is straightforward: “If you take care of people, the business will follow.” By putting employees’ mental health first, Steve helps them recognize their potential and enables them to strive to fulfill it without sacrificing their well-being in the process.

His insightful keynote speech on leadership is a great way to help employees actualize their potential and bring about positive change. We also recommend browsing through his motivational presentations to reignite the spark in overwhelmed employees.

2. Don’t Forget to Appreciate Their Efforts

If you’ve been overlooking the importance of appreciating employees for months (or years), this is the perfect time to recognize their efforts and give them a virtual pat on the back.

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Whether you send them an individualized appreciative email or draft a collective email that commends their courage and strength during this ongoing period of adversity, it will go a long way in helping them feel motivated and inspired.

3. Cut Back on Criticism of All Kinds

A vitriolic harangue for losing a client? Probably best to nip it in the bud.

Constructive criticism? Hold back on that, too.

Understand the sensitivity of the situation and go easy on your employees. Exhibiting emotional intelligence will make your employees feel better during a mentally and emotionally debilitating period.

Handle each conversation with tact and consideration to prevent overburdening and overwhelming your employees. This careful measure will give them much-needed space, thereby preventing them from feeling burned out.

4. Empathize with Their Subjective Concerns

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One of the biggest contributors to employee burnout is a lack of understanding on the part of the management.

Empathize with the subjective concerns of each employee, which will allow them to feel heard. Whether they require a few days off or can’t seem to retain concentration, validate their struggles without being dismissive or curt.

5. Hold a Leadership Development Program When Things Get Better (Which They Will!)

Kick-start employee motivation by holding a leadership development program once things get better.

Follow Me by Steve Gilliland is an inspirational and information-dense program that helps organizations develop exceptional leadership skills, actualize their goals, effectively combat negativity and conflict, and apply winning communication and problem-solving skills.

As one of the premiere Hall of Fame speakers in North America, Steve offers an extensive selection of motivational and inspirational videos. Browse through his leading audiobooks—including Enjoy the Ride, Making a Difference, Hide Your Goat, and Detour—to get started!