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  • Ian McCain

Automation Can Help With Employee Burnout

Updated: Jan 19

"Psst! I've got a secret to spill: some of your employees are totally checked out. According to those folks at Gallup, a whopping 64% of us are just going through the motions, while only a measly 36% are actually jazzed about work. Ouch!

What's the deal, you ask? Well, it's no surprise, really. The number one culprit is good ol' burnout. And if you look closely, you can spot the signs of this workplace malady:

People playing hooky more often than a pro baseball team on a sunny day

Sensitivity levels cranked up to eleven, making even constructive feedback feel like a slap in the face

Productivity dropping faster than a clumsy juggler with butterfingers

Studies reveal that a whopping 75% of employees have experienced burnout at some point, with nearly half of them feeling the heat during that lovely thing called the pandemic. Talk about a double whammy!

Now, employee turnover? That's a real wallet-wrecker. The "great resignation" taught us that finding skilled peeps ain't no walk in the park, even if you ignore the financial fallout. But hey, chin up! Once you've cracked the code and realized that burnout is the enemy, you can kick its sorry behind.

Let's save your employees from those dreadful "hamster wheel" tasks, shall we? You know, those tasks that make them feel like a hamster on a never-ending treadmill. Poor fellas work their tails off, but where do they end up? Nowhere! It's like watching a rerun of a bad sitcom, over and over again.

Here are a few examples of practices that turn your employees into frustrated time-travelers:

Printing and scanning everything under the sun. I recently talked to a client who admitted, with a heavy heart, that they print every single document that crosses their path—emails, faxes, you name it—and then manually scan and send them off to vendors. Can you imagine being the poor soul responsible for this mundane task? It's like being trapped in a '90s sitcom sitcom, complete with dial-up internet and beeper madness.

Playing detective with PDFs. Ever lost your keys? Spent hours tearing your house apart, only to find them hiding in plain sight? Yeah, it's about as fun as playing hide-and-seek with crucial data buried in a 100-page PDF. And just when you find what you're looking for, surprise! The page is about as legible as a doctor's handwriting.

Assigning work like it's the Middle Ages. Managers, your work is precious. You're like the wizards of the workplace, casting spells and solving problems left and right. Yet, I still see some of you manually assigning work, relying on color-coded spreadsheets to keep the chaos in check. Come on, folks! Let's leave medieval practices in the history books and embrace the wonders of modern technology.

Report mayhem. Picture this: it's the end of a long, exhausting day, and just when you're about to kick back and relax, an executive swoops in, demanding a report ASAP. But guess what? That report doesn't exist. So, there you are, trapped in your office, frantically copy-pasting data from a thousand different documents to create a report on the fly. Ain't life grand?

These examples are just the tip of the iceberg, my friend. There are countless tasks that create a breeding ground for burnout, and they all have one thing in common: technical debt.

Now, technical debt is a bit like maxing out your credit card. Swipe, swipe, swipe, and before you know it, you're drowning in debt. But instead of interest piling up, your productivity takes a nosedive (which, by the way, costs you money too). And as if that weren't enough, technical debt keeps your employees stuck in those never-ending hamster wheels, leading to burnout and—yep, you guessed it—more turnover.

But fret not! There's light at the end of the tunnel, my friend. You can fix this mess, and you don't have to tackle it all at once. Just like paying off credit card debt, you can chip away at technical debt bit by bit until it's all gone.

Start by identifying your most inefficient workflows. Then, let automation swoop in like a superhero to speed things up and free your employees from the clutches of monotony.

Think about it: when your employees don't have to waste time hunting for a needle in a haystack PDF, they can focus on more exciting and meaningful tasks. And those managers burdened with color-coded spreadsheets? They can finally unleash their inner problem-solving superheroes on bigger, juicier challenges. Plus, when an executive throws a last-minute report request your way, you can whip it up with the click of a button, while everyone else is left scratching their heads.

Automation lightens the load, making work more engaging and enjoyable for your employees. By shifting their focus to fulfilling and rewarding tasks, you'll save their sanity and boost productivity by giving them the gift of time. Best of all, automation is like a magic wand that can make a huge impact in no time, boosting both employee morale and your organization's ROI.

So, my friend, it's time to bid farewell to burnout and embrace a workplace where your employees are happier, more engaged, and ready to conquer the world. Let's make work awesome again!"


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