BurnoutSidebarGraphicMicrosoft announced in September that it will purchase Seattle-based VoloMetrix and will include the people analytics technology in Delve, available for preview in October.

VoloMetrix CEO Ryan Fuller said he and his team are excited about the number of people they will be able to impact through the Microsoft deal. “We’ve always been on this mission to improve the experience of going to work in addition to organizational productivity, and it’s incredibly exciting to be able to team up with Microsoft to be able to do that on a much bigger scale,” Fuller said.

One of the aspects that makes VoloMetrix valuable to Microsoft is its ability to facilitate data-driven conversation about productivity and employee burnout. On that front, Fuller said throwing in the towel may be imminent when employees:

  • Shrink their networks and stop interacting with people outside their immediate team;
  • Schedule fewer ad hoc meetings, opting instead to only go to meetings already on the calendar;
  • Withdraw from tasks. Employees who don’t engage more broadly than completing their specific, given tasks could be on the way to burnout.

“A really healthy, growing, vibrant network of lots of different people indicates a really healthy and engaged employee, and the opposite indicates a disengaged employee,” Fuller said.

Fuller suggested managers and employees agree on productivity benchmarks and data points so conversations about workloads can be objective, the employer can make sure work is getting done, and employees can receive what they need to get the job done.

“A lot of times management doesn’t really know how hard people might be working or how close to burnout they might be getting,” Fuller said. “But equally, employees often don’t know that they themselves are disengaged, because everybody is just trying to get the work done and then suddenly you take a breath and it’s just bad all around.”