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5 ways manufacturing workers are burning out — and how you can help them

Burning out is bad for the manufacturing business. It's even worse on your employees.

Workers at risk of burnout may face mental, physical and personal hardship. They may even leave their job to escape the stress. Retaining employees — in any industry — is no easy task, so here are five causes of burnout and what you can do to get ahead of the curve.

1. Allocate work based on needs
Every day, your workers take on the daily grind, but sometimes they take on even more. When co-workers leave or business is booming, it's not uncommon for workers to take on additional tasks and responsibilities. Without careful planning and allocation, some workers may take on a bit more than they can chew. Managers can alleviate this added stress by discussing workloads with their teams and adjusting productivity goals according to their needs.

2. Communicate directly to your workers
Don't be afraid to sit down, chat and discuss any concerns with your workers. Reassuring employees that their health and safety are a priority will keep them happy and motivated, especially during the busy holiday season. According to Salesforce, workers who feel heard by their managers are almost five times more likely to feel empowered to perform their best.

3. Create a more dynamic workplace
Manufacturing workers spend much of their time on their own two feet. According to a study featured in the National Library of Medicine, ample evidence suggests that prolonged standing on the job leads to several negative health outcomes, including a greater likelihood of fatigue. By creating a more dynamic work environment where employees are spending less time in one position, or even by simply giving more frequent breaks, managers can effectively deter any risk of burnout.

4. Automate tasks that are physically strenuous
Especially in manufacturing, employees may endure a physical toll during certain facets of the job. New and improving automation technologies can literally take that weight off their shoulders. Complement your workers' strengths and allow them to focus on other tasks while automation technologies help relieve physical fatigue and optimize productivity.

5. Connect to your workforce through empathetic leadership
Sometimes, a little empathy can go a long way. Nearly 29% of employees wish their organization would act with more empathy, according to a study by The Workforce Institute. Managers who practice empathetic leadership can relieve burnout and fatigue. It's all about taking steps to listen and respond to your workers and make sure you provide them the resources they need to perform at their best. In order to retain workers, you first have to empathize with them. If not, you risk letting valuable talent walk through the door.