We want our salaried employees to truly unplug while on vacation. Many of them seem to feel they are required to "check in" (voice mails, emails) during scheduled vacation time away from the office. I guess this means they're productive, but what about burnout?
— Worried About the Consequences, HR administrator, automotive, Irvine, California
What is the protocol when our executive team requests salaried employees to perform work outside their job description? It is a situation that has occurred before, resulting in some salaried workers having to work weekends/off days to keep up with their regularly described duties. Job duties of a salaried employee often are fluid, but would it be better for us simply to abandon job descriptions? I wonder about things like employee burnout, turnover, stress levels and engagement.
— Concerned VP, energy/utilities, Newfoundland
I am an HR generalist at a nonprofit social services agency that deals with domestic violence. Due to the nature of the work, we have always experienced a turnover rate between 30 and 40 percent. Is our turnover rate at or near average benchmarks for this line of work? And knowing we can’t change the stressful nature of the work, how do we keep our best people from burning out?
— Stress is Killing Us, HR/facilities manager, nonprofit, Phoenix, Arizona