Research from CV-Library suggests four in ten (41.8 per cent) professionals are on the brink of burnout. The survey among employee found over two thirds (67.7 per cent) thought that work was the main contributor to their feelings.
The study surveyed over 2,000 UK professionals has been published in time for Blue Monday (20th January) also reveals that work stress has resulted in 44.6 per cent of workers having trouble sleeping, 39.7 per cent suffering from negative thoughts and 38.9 per cent feeling exhausted. When asked what causes them the most anxiety at work, respondents cited the following:
- Having to meet unrealistic targets – 31.3 per cent
- Having to work long hours – 29.9 per cent
- An excessively high workload – 29.1 per cent
- Pressure from their manager – 26.8 per cent
- Tight deadlines – 22.2 per cent
“While some professionals thrive on keeping busy, it shouldn’t get to a point where they’re taking work home with them, struggling to sleep or constantly feeling exhausted; and as an employer, you have a duty of care towards your team,” commented Lee Biggins, founder and CEO of CV-Library. “Be sure to create an open channel of communication so employees know they can come to you with any concerns they may have about their workload. Nowadays, addressing mental health and prioritising the wellbeing of employees is crucial for organisations; particularly when it comes to attracting, recruiting and retaining the best workers.”
The study also shows that two thirds (65.3 per cent) of professionals worry about letting their team down if they’re unwell, with a further 58.1 per cent fearing they’re disappointing their employer.
Biggins adds: “The stress epidemic is becoming a serious issue in the UK and isn’t set to disappear any time soon. But that’s why employers need to understand how to tackle it and support employees in the workplace. Any company can offer a competitive salary, but only a few can offer an environment that truly prioritises the wellbeing of its teams.
“When writing your job adverts and advertising your roles, consider highlighting any services you offer that support mental health in the workplace. This can really help to sell your jobs to candidates and position you as an employer of choice.”