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Burnout can make once highly engaged employees experience exhaustion, cynicism and inefficiency. (Photo: Shutterstock)

There are two sides to every coin. For employers who are able to motivate and engage employees at a very high level, there is also the possibility of burnout. According to a new report from Limeade, “Can You Spot Burnout?” by Dr. Laura Hamill, “top performing, highly engaged employees are at the highest risk for burnout. And these are the employees that employers can’t afford to lose.”

Over time, employees, even highly productive and motivated ones, simply cannot sustain high performance levels. The report goes on to say that prolonged exposure to chronic emotional and interpersonal stressors on the job will increase the likelihood of burnout. Employers who see once highly engaged employees now experiencing exhaustion, cynicism and inefficiency should beware. Those employees will soon exhibit traits on the other end of the spectrum such as low productivity and even worse, employers could start losing their most valuable workers.


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