UK – MOST PROFESSIONALS HAVE SUFFERED FROM WORKPLACE BURNOUT: ROBERT WALTERS
(Aug.20, 2020, /staffingindustry.com/)The majority, or 82%, of professionals in the UK have suffered from workplace burnout in the past, according to a report from Robert Walters.
Robert Walters’ report also found that 47% of managers believe their employees may be at risk of workplace burnout.
Burnout was officially recognised by the World Health Organisation (WHO) as a legitimate medical diagnosis in May 2020.
Over a third (36%) of employees stated their mental health and wellbeing has suffered during the Covid-19 pandemic. Those who worked remotely recorded a 35% increase in productivity, however 87% of them said they felt under pressure to stay productive while working from home.
Robert Walters’ director of professional services Sam Walters said, “here is no denying that mental health and wellbeing has been on the agenda for most employers - even pre-Covid. enhanced to provide mental health support, and training provided to managers to help understand and deal with employees suffering from poor mental health.”
“Many of these policies were geared around personal mental health issues - such as depression and anxiety - which have an impact or were exasperated by work,” Walters said. “Burnout is an entirely different and recently recognised condition which, unlike other mental health issues, can be directly linked to work. As a result, employers have a crucial and central role to play in order to ensure their staff do not reach the point of burnout.”
Meanwhile, 61% of professionals believe wellness policies are important but 34% said their companies only offer what is required by law.
According to Robert Walters, there are six key areas which can lead to or exasperate workplace burnout. These include: Unmanageable workload expectations, Lack of autonomy and control, Lack of recognition, poor company culture, lack of equal opportunities and fairness, and lack of purpose.