One of the important role of an HR Manager is to keep their employees charged up and motivated. However, nobody can guarantee that your people will never face a “bad day” at work. A research showed that organizations with high levels of “engagement” but low levels of “well being” suffer from burn out affecting particularly their key talent.

With the kind of work pressures and the expectations in the current scenario, people tend to take a lot of stress which ultimately affects their health and mental state of mind.

Even if they are liking their job, there is a possibility that something or someone at work may be wearing them down. An improper work-life balance can also lead to stress or an employee meltdown.

How Can you Recognize the 5 Early Warning Signs of an Employee Meltdown?

Before your employee or colleague undergo a breakdown, you may want to look out for the following before things go out of balance.

1. Excess of Work Load and a Pressure Cooker Culture:

Distribution of work is an important aspect. If you find that a particular employee is taking up too much work upon his own shoulders and is not realizing the fact that it can lead to stress, you need to talk to his supervisor so that proper work load sharing is there in the department. In today’s competitive scenario, employees tend to take up additional responsibilities resulting in taking up too many things which is beyond their capacity to handle. As an HR Manager, you need to keep a check on the equal distribution of work amongst your people.

2. Lack of Communication:

Communication helps in reducing stress and blowing off the steam at workplace. Its an alarming sign if your employees tends to keep things bottled up within themselves. This can create a situation which can hamper their growth and ultimately result in breakdown. People can become frustrated if they don’t discuss things which are impacting them at workplace. The duty of the HR department is to try and constantly communicate with their people so that they are aware of their situation and hence can provide counselling or suggestion to them accordingly.

3. Negative Attitude:

People tend to become negative if things are not moving as per their expectations. Boss subordinate relationship can also be a reason for such a negative behavior. This negativity spreads once they interact with other people of the organization which results in polluting the entire workplace culture. A proper hand holding and mentoring can help these people to cope up with their negative behavior.

4. Problem in Personal Life:

On an average in a day a person spends around 50% of his time in office. Hence, there is a fairer chance that he brings his personal issues with him while coming to work. Though you would like to respect everyone’s privacy however, you can still try to figure out the problem and may be can encourage them to find solutions. You can also work out an assistance program that can deal with issues like marriage, child care, elder care or any other problem.

5. Avoiding Breaks:

On account of reduction in workforce, many people have been forced to work for extended hours. They avoid taking break or lunch if there is a backlog of work. This is not a good sign for the individual as well as for the organization. A policy can be made on what schedules one needs to follow which can help in maintaining a proper balance.

An an HR Manager, you should always try to offer a helping hand to your people. It is important to look for these early warning signs that can trigger a meltdown. Your employees will appreciate if you help them to cope up with the day to day stress at work.

Have you experienced a meltdown yourself? Did the HR helped you in dealing with it? What steps were taken to avoid a possible meltdown in future?