Businesses are increasingly aware that work-related stress and exhaustion are a ticking time bomb. Helping employees recover from the trauma of the pandemic is not just the right thing to do as business owners, but it is essential to running a successful business.
A survey of 40,000 staff across 114 organisations by mental health charity, Mind, found the well-being of 41% of employees had gotten worse during the pandemic, while about half of the respondents said their work life had interfered with their home life. Dane Krambergar, head of client services for workplace well-being at Mind said “There are quite stark statistics that suggest that burnout is a very real risk for many employees in the UK at present.”
According to the psychotherapist Hilda Burke, the symptoms of burnout include extreme exhaustion, insomnia, crippling self-doubt and extreme despondency – often caused by overwork, and being stressed over an extended period.
A recent survey carried out by CIPHR around workplace-related stress found that 79% of adults in the UK felt stressed more than once a month. On average these adults feel stressed 8.27 days a month – which equates to more than two days a week!
At the start of 2021, research by Deloitte found that poor mental health costs UK employers up to £45bn a year, and found that for every £1 spent by employers on mental health interventions they got £5 back in reduced absence, presenteeism and staff turnover.
It may seem logical, but many studies have proven that employees who are happy at work are also more productive. In fact, happy employees are said to be up to 31% more productive. As well as this, a study by Performance showed that happy employees will be 37% better at selling and display three times more creativity than their unhappy counterparts.
Everyone, whether you are an employee, or an employer has at some point experienced stress. There is no medical definition for stress, or cure, which can make it extremely difficult for people to even comprehend what is making them stressed, let alone how best to overcome it.
However, there are many ways in which businesses can give back and show their support by reducing stress levels in the workplace. Keeping your staff happy, engaged and connected, results in a high spirited and productive workforce, but there are also ways the physical space you occupy can impact your employees well being. These are often overlooked with focus placed heavily on creating a positive work culture and morale, but a few workplace improvements can significantly improve the overall health and happiness of any workforce – even if they don’t realise it!
Devono and Dthree Studio know that people are a company’s biggest asset and overhead, that’s why we always put our people, and our clients’ people, first. If you are looking to improve your workplace to get the best out of your people, then get in touch today to see how we can help.