The output of any business organization is directly affected by the input of the employees and the management. One of the major issues that can affect the productivity of your workforce is burn out. Burn out is a state of physical, mental and emotional exhaustion that is mostly caused by prolonged stress. It normally happens when someone is emotionally drained and can no longer meet certain demands. As stress builds up, you are likely to lose interest and motivation in what you do. Burn out dissolves the energy in you and create a feeling of hopelessness and helplessness.


If you are a leader in a business environment, it is important to ensure that your employees do not suffer from burn out. Employers should facilitate a conducive working environment where employees can feel free to do their work. Stressful conditions will only affect the performance of your business. According to Paul Saunders, the CEO of James River Capital Corp., there are some things that employers should look out for in their being employees.


Loss of control


If you spot that an employee is suffering from work-related stress due to the inability to meet a certain schedule, it is important to ensure that they have a flexible schedule that can eliminate stress. Employees who cannot manage to control their own timelines are likely to be suffering from burn out. As an employer, you should facilitate flexible working time frames that allow employees to complete their schedule without going to the extreme lengths.




As an employer, you should embrace transparency in your organization. Employees are likely to suffer from burnout due to demotivation and stress associated with some of the decisions the management does. For instance, if some employees feel there is discrimination in promotions and compensation, they are likely to protest, and as a result, the performance will decline. Before making an important decision, it is important to engage all your employees so that they can feel as if they are part of the ownership of a company. Learn more:


About Paul Saunders


Paul Saunders is a leading financial expert in the country. He is the of co-founder, chairman, and CEO of James River Capital Corp., an investment firm that deals with equity strategies, global macroeconomic strategies, fixed-income arbitrage, managed futures trading, and others. James River Capital Corp was formed in 1986 as an alternative investment department for Kidder Peabody & Co. Today, it is registered as an investment advisor and a commodity trading advisor by SEC and CFDC respectively.


Paul Saunders has a B.A from the University of Virginia and an MBA from the University of Chicago. His first job was in the investment banking sector where he was assigned tasks in the corporate finance department at Warburg Paribas Becker, and then at A.G Becker in the commodity department.