How is your HR strategy tackling burnout?

Burnout is on the rise globally with 43% of U.S. middle managers reporting burnout according to Forbes magazine.

The World Health Organization (WHO) has officially classified burnout as a disease. With numbers this high, employees are looking for companies that tout work-life balance policies as they evaluate benefit packages when going through the interview process. The following are ways in which candidates are assessing companies’ work-life balance policies. As an HR leader, how does your company stack up?

Employee Reviews

Candidates can evaluate a companies’ work-life balance by checking reviews on various sites including Indeed and Glass Door. This information can be misleading because one disgruntled worker can give the wrong impression. However, potential employees can see if there are repeated comments on issues such as low pay or long hours. One way to assuage negative answers is for HR leadership to respond to employee reviews in a positive way that shares more information about the company culture and benefits.

Assessment of Company Culture during Interview Process

During the interview process, candidates may ask about company culture to assess how management describes the work environment. “Canned” answers are a clue that although employees are loyal, they may not love working at the company, but want to keep their job. Well supported employees feel comfortable answering these questions with personal examples of how the culture has supported their goals or life.

Unique Benefits that Boost Work-life Balance

As candidates evaluate a potential employer’s benefits offerings, they are looking to see what sets them apart. Do they have a “meeting free” day every week or flexible work schedules with robust vacation policies? As an employer, you are competing against others to gain top talent and having unique benefits offerings show that you value your employees as a whole person.