Hybrid workers at risk of ‘burnout’

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Activ People: ‘The pandemic has altered the workplace forever. This brings with it enormous benefits for many workers, however there are also risks such as burnout as highlighted by the this report’.

A new report has revealed that over half of professionals who divide their working hours between home and the office are at risk of suffering from ‘burnout’.

The Poly report looked at just over 7,000 hybrid workers across the UK, France, Germany, Spain, Sweden, Poland and the United Arab Emirates, and found that 58% feel that remote working has made them unable to relax and switch off from work.

According to the report, those surveyed cited the biggest drawbacks about working from home were:

  • Having less fun with colleagues
  • Being expected to work outside of normal working hours
  • Missing out on learning from peers and seniors
  • Being discriminated against/treated differently to employees in the office full-time

Adrian Lewis, Director at Activ People HR urges organisations to adapt their ways of working and the support they give their employees with regards to this new way of working. He said, “The pandemic has altered the workplace forever, accelerating the trend to flexible ways of working and trusting staff to work away from the office, moving away from the traditional 9-5 workplace model. This brings with it enormous benefits for many workers, however, there are also risks such as burnout as highlighted by this report.

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“There are also risks from poor mental health such as people feeling stressed, anxious and depressed, as the signs can go unnoticed by employers and colleagues as they are not seeing them in the office, as well as risks from people not feeling part of the office culture anymore which can bring its own challenges.”

Adrian added, “As the UK starts to return to some normality it’s important for employers to ensure their policies and working practices are suitable for the changed workplace. This includes having the right technology and systems in place that enable employers to recognise quickly if someone is suffering from burnout or poor mental wellbeing.

“With workers increasingly working at home having a system that can record all absences that can be viewed in real time, means employers always have a clear picture of what’s happening across their workforce. It can also aid flexible working with managers knowing who is working, on holiday, off sick etc. on any given day, ensuring the office always runs smoothly and is adequately staffed.”

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