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21 Steps to Guarantee Employee Burnout

21 Steps to Guarantee Employee Burnout

Let’s pretend you are a supervisor and for some odd reason you want your employees to eventually freak-out, have a nervous breakdown, and/or suddenly quit without notice.  With much hesitation, I am providing 21 steps to lead your employees down the road to burnout and the need for a mental health professional.

#1 When interviewing candidates for open positions, provide an unrealistic picture of how wonderful life is in your department.

#2 Disregard all work/life programs in the employee handbook once candidates are hired.  Besides, work is their life.

#3 Expect employees to work late every evening, just to make you look good to your supervisor.

#4 Schedule umpteen unnecessary meetings about insignificant issues.

#5 Habitually schedule meetings during the lunch hour just to keep them in the office.

#6 Require your employees to be flexible with company deadlines but don’t allow flexibility around their personal lives.

#7 Treat your employees like company property. Besides, the CEO says employees are the company’s most important asset.

#8 Micromanage your employees.

#9 Rarely provide performance feedback unless they make a mistake.

#10 Yell at your employees. Even better, yell at them when other coworkers are around.

#11 See yourself as the boss, not a leader.

#12 Keep company information a secret from your employees.

#13 Don’t allow your employees to understand how their job fits into the big picture.

#14 Deny most vacation requests.

#15 When employees finally take a vacation, expect them to check-in every day.

#16 Text your employees on Saturday nights and expect an immediate reply.

#17 Expect employees to always answer their cell phone, even on Sunday mornings when they are at church asking God for mercy.

#18 Turn every small issue into a crisis so that every day is like a fire drill.

#19 Delay decisions on important employee issues.

#20 Never discuss your personal life or ask employees about their family.

#21 Act like you really don’t care about the employee as a person.

Kevin Kennemer is founder of The People Group based in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Kevin is driven by his passion for company owners and their need to earn a profit, employees' desire for a positive and fulfilling work experience, and the community that benefits when both groups do well.


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