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4 ways to reignite the flame of burned out employees

Help your reliable employees overcome burnout and revive their enthusiasm towards work.
By Andre Lavoie |


With three in four employees open to or actively looking for new job opportunities, according to CareerBuilder's 2015 Candidate Behavior Study of 5,013 job candidates nationwide, it's imperative that employers seek to reignite the flame with burned out employees.


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Here are four simple ways to bring back that new hire enthusiasm:



1. Get employees involved in the vision.


Everything employees do stems from the company vision -- where the company is going and how they're going to get there. This is why vision statements should inspire, motivate and align employees.


Inviting employee input when setting company-wide goals ensures that employees will really buy into them. Not only will they clearly understand the goals, but they'll be able to set and align their own goals with those of the company.


2. Switch up the office environment.


Having a fun work environment isn't just for kicks--it affects everything from employee engagement to satisfaction to productivity.


Related: How to keep good employees from looking for other jobs


Whether you opt for a new coat of paint (you'd be surprised how well that works), bring in some new office furniture or take a page out of HubSpot's book, aim to break the workplace monotony.




3. Hold a friendly competition.


A little competition never hurt anyone. When it comes to the workplace, competition could be the key to reigniting new hire enthusiasm in long-time employees.Friendly competitions between coworkers are a great way to get employees' creative juices flowing and a surefire way to bring excitement back into the workplace.          


4. Offer the ultimate incentive.


There are a number of ways to reward employees for a job well done. When it comes to workplace incentives, what employees really want is an opportunity to grow and advance within their role and the organization.


Knowing that there's a potential to climb the company ladder is both exciting and encouraging to long-time employees, as it provides something more for employees to work toward.  


Related: Employees are happier at work, but plan to quit anyway


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