It’s been almost six months since the world had a complete shift on how people live their lives. Furthermore, we know that mental health and burnout continues to be a significant issue for individuals working and living through the pandemic.
As COVID-19 continues to challenge us, employees claim to feel less prepared, less informed and less supported. At the beginning of lockdowns, companies and executives took the lead in protecting employees, retaining customers and securing their organisation’s future. But according to Gallup’s latest data, as these efforts ease along with protective measures, employees feel the consequences are directly affecting their wellbeing and performance. That is when they tend to experience burnout symptoms.
Although burnout has been at the top of the list for most HR leaders in recent years, the recent lockdowns have certainly taken things to the next level. Full-time remote work has presented a unique set of challenges including lack of social connection, anxiety, family responsibilities and employees feeling the need to be ‘connected’ 24/7. These challenges have undoubtedly led to an increase in the number of employees dealing with mental health issues.
Overwork is just one of the reasons why people feel exhausted and detached at work. 40% of US workers who are now working remote claim to work an additional 48.5 minutes per day. Besides the number of hours one dedicates to the company, how work is managed and experienced during those hours play an essential part in triggering burnout.
If you’re interested in learning more, we’ve created an eBook to provide you with more context on how stress might be affecting your employees, your company, and potentially be the leading cause of burnout. And most importantly, what you can do to help as an HR executive or leader.