Employees are the heart of your business. But sometimes, it becomes tempting to assign extra work to each employee instead of hiring more. And while this cost-cutting measure might be tempting to give in to, the truth is that it is ultimately detrimental to your business. Here are some potential consequences of having overworked employees that are worth considering as you decide how to balance employee scheduling.
It Ruins Your Business
Sure, you might save some money in the short term by overworking employees, but this choice has potentially ruinous effects in the long run. Employees who are overworked will likelycause an increase in work-related errors. Such incidents stall productivity and may ultimately cost your business money. Employees who are chronically overworked also see an uptick in illnesses related to stress. And when employees are disgruntled, they tend to talk. If your employees are chronically overworked, word is likely to get out, and this can harm your business’s reputation.
It’s Dangerous to Their Health
When your employees are overworked, their mental and physical health suffers. While stress alone isn’t the sole cause of mental illness, it has the potential to exacerbate existing issues to a significant degree. Many overworked employees experience a worsening of depression and anxiety, and when you consider deterioration happening to multiple employees, it’s no surprise that company morale is likely to decrease. It’s no secret that a person who is chronically overworked is bound to be drowsy. Drowsy driving is dangerous, so if you aren’t properly resting, you’re endangering yourself. Driving drowsily may result in car crashes and even death. And since stress takes a physical toll on the body, employees are at risk for illness and even injuries.
It Increases Training Costs
Often, businesses who overwork employees do so not only to save money, but also because they take their employees for granted. And it’s no secret that employees who are overworked or who otherwise feel unappreciatedare more likely to quit. Each time an overworked employee quits, your business is saddled with the need to find a replacement. Searching for employees, reading through applications, interviewing, and training all take time, and they also cost your business money. By focusing on employee retention and by ensuring that you don’t overwork current employees, you can help your business avoid these additional costs. When assessing whether employees may be likely to quit, it’s also important to take into account other factors. For instance, low pay and direct bosses with poor people skills also increase the likelihood of quitting. When these factors are combined with being asked to work too hard, your employees are even more likely to leave.
Although the temporary cost savings may make you consider pushing your staff to worker harder or longer, overworking your employees is something that will ultimately lead to negative consequences for both the employees and your business. By assigning employees more reasonable amounts of work, you will be able to make sure you have happier, more productive employees and a healthier company culture.