What have you all learned about the causes of burnout at your organizations (e.g., through ENPS or other employee experience surveys)? What effects has employee burnout had on teammates and the business? How has information overload - both the volume of information and the proliferation of tools and notifications - contributed to burnout you’ve experienced or observed on your teams? So many questions...would love to hear different perspectives from the community!
There wasn’t time for Q&A after the session, so I wanted to pull in some questions from the chat for follow up discussion:
- Erin Grau asked: “Can you share how you use Loom? I'm so intrigued, but it seems a bit intimidating.”
@Tim Subealdeaasked: “My team sends weekly announcements and I’ve noticed our read rate has leveled out to a consistent number each week (~60%). The people that aren’t pressing "i read it" have pretty much never pressed it, so they have a bunch of Card requests that have stacked up in their inbox. Does guru have a way for them to mass read all Cards to give them a fresh start?”
What additional questions do you have about addressing information overload and/or burnout? What insights and examples can you share from your own experiences?
Let’s keep the discussion going! Tagging in a few others who joined the session live:
Lack of clarity/clear goals is a big one. It can feel like rearranging deck chairs on a sinking ship. I think this is especially true when you’re not getting immediate feedback. I think most employees don’t mind putting in the work, as I’ve experienced from many organizations I’ve been to.
If someone was building a castle and then they were told after that it shouldn’t have been built or it was on the wrong side of the river, it’s demoralizing. But seeing someone lay the bricks down and inquiring about the building earlier can save a lot of headache. An effective weekly one-to-one or team stand up can help reduce the feedback lag.
One of the themes that came up on our employee climate survey was the concept of ‘information overload’, as our internal comms strategy doesn’t have clear guidance on when and where to post information. So often times, important updates are provided in either Slack (across multiple channels), email, Guru, or some combination of those three - and typically coming from different sources. As a result, I’m trying to work with our HR teams to get Announcements as a more widely used feature to solve for this.
I’m curious how other teams use Announcements and whether that’s preferred to email updates for full company-wide information.
Happy to discuss more!