Why it is important to encourage employees to unplug and recharge

Employee burnout has been a common occurrence in the workplace. It’s really an area that hasn’t been given so much consideration since companies offer leave days and breaks in between as part of their contracts.

The truth is, most employees are overworked and most of them shy away from speaking out for the fear of being sacked.
according to a recent Indeed survey shared by Monday.com, more than 50% of employees feel overworked, and many are voicing feelings of isolation and disconnection. That’s why organizations around the world have been investing in wellbeing initiatives, and roughly 90% now offer some form of a wellness program.

Besides most having a 21-30 day annual paid leave, sometimes it’s difficult for employees to take time off because of the responsibilities left in their charge or having unreasonable never-ending workloads that undermine their mental health and well-being.

the best thing you can ever do for your team as a manager is to allow them to stop when they are tired and pick up where they left off when they are able to.

How can you encourage employees to take time for themselves

Here are a few examples we picked from the Monday.com blog on what to do to encourage employees to take time off

Ask about their plans

As a line manager, you can encourage your team members to disconnect by asking them how they are spending time away from work. Whether that’s inquiring about their weekend plans or asking about any upcoming vacations, make it clear that you support these kinds of behaviours and want them to prioritize a healthy work-life balance.

Create a shared calendar

You can create a shared calendar among the team to ensure cross-team alignment. This helps the team members to have an equal Show your employees that taking time off is both expected and supported by setting up a team vacation calendar. This ensures cross-team alignment and also helps inspire others to take time for themselves – when individuals see their teammates planning time away, they’re more likely to feel comfortable doing so as well.

Help team members get organized

Knowing that things are under control makes it easier to disconnect while away. That’s why it’s really helpful to set up time before your team members take time off to walk through all their tasks together and prioritize their workloads – so they can leave feeling confident and secure.

Benefits of encouraging employees to unplug and recharge

Helps avoid employee burnout

This feeling sounds like something you can walk into a football pitch, toss the ball here and there then come back and work but it’s not.

When the Covid-19 pandemic struck, we were all excited to work from home but shortly after we were anxious, tired and even missed our offices. This was months of staying away from the office yet we were still wretched.

Truth is, even waking up to check and answer emails every day without much work on the sleeves is draining and we need an off from it. If possible a few minutes off away from life.

Promotes work-life balance

Encouraging employees o disconnect after work greatly promotes work-life balance. A good work-life enables employees to rest, perform or discover their hobbies and spend quality time with their families.

A good work-life balance will also help employees be more productive at work and even have an improved brand perception of their outside world.

Higher retention rates

Ever wondered why people work in the same company for years without huge salary increments or promotions but still stay? this is because these companies understand the value of plugging and unplugging.

Laura Spawn of Virtual Vocations notes that employees who take time off to unwind also tend to feel more valued by the company as an individual, rather than feeling like a replaceable piece of the business.