With the pandemic having such a negative impact on most of our everyday lives, latest research has found that more than 61% of UK managers have experienced ‘burnout’ at work.
As a result of this, 20% of those surveyed have admitted that they are considering quitting because of the strain it has caused on their mental health. This is according to recent data compiled by not-for-profit healthcare provider, Benenden Health.
The main causes of burnout at work in the past year were shown to be:
- Anxiety about the future (46%)
- A lack of sleep (40%)
- Limited social interaction (35%)
- Increased demands from senior leadership (28%)
- Managing homeschooling with work (26%).
With the coronavirus pandemic placing such a serious strain on the nation’s workforce, UK businesses are now facing a mental wellbeing crisis.
Naomi Thompson, Head of OD at Benenden Health, commented, “It goes without saying that the past year has been incredibly challenging for individuals across the nation, both in our personal lives and at work.
“Businesses too have suffered immensely from the COVID-19 pandemic and these pressures have filtered down to management, who have been vital in keeping operations going at work whilst managing their own lives at home.
“What we are seeing is that there is a burnout epidemic across the nation’s managers, but too often these individuals feel too helpless, worried and embarrassed to open up and seek support for their mental wellbeing concerns.
“An open, two-way conversation must now take place to ensure employees are able to disclose and address any mental wellbeing concerns without fear. It is also important that employers are in a position to support appropriately and effectively, to the benefit of both individual employees, and the business as a whole. In building a happy, healthy and productive workforce, employers will also have to consider how their operations change as restrictions ease, ensuring that employee wellbeing is at the forefront of these conversations.”
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