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Healthier & Happier Teams – Part One

Supporting organisations and their staff through burnout as a result of Covid-19.

As an individual in the working world of the previous year, you’re bound to have felt the stresses and strains that Covid-19 has brought. As a medical practice serving both individuals and organisations, we’re at the forefront of the struggles people are going through in the current climate.

Burnout as a result of Covid-19

Many workers have noted that their experiencing burnout from ‘Zoom fatigue’. More generally, they face the perennial challenges of what has been called the simultaneous ‘intensification’ and ‘extensification’ of their work as the boundaries between domestic and professional life continues to blur. Even as much as working in the same room as where you usually have down time is causing not allowing individuals to “shut off”.

Such a “blur” seems to be heightened for those individuals with caring responsibilities, in that they use work to escape from their home lives, however, working from home tends to defeat the object! A lot of the individuals we’re communicating with have said it feels like “Groundhog Day”, where it seems like every evening and weekend feels like a 20-minute lunch break!

Alongside this, sales of software for monitoring remote employees’ work activity have increased massively. Many employees not only feel as though their privacy is being infringed, that their mental health is at risk since they’re constantly being watched, even more so when they’re in work. YouGov has released the results of its recent survey, stating that over 42% of respondents felt more stressed at work than prior to coronavirus, with less than one-quarter taking breaks throughout the day. Around half of the participants stated that their employers and line managers do not encourage them to take breaks, except for lunch.

To exacerbate the whole situation, many workers have suggested to us that they feel uncomfortable asking for sick leave since there’s really nowhere to go. Employers should be responsible for their staff’s mental health and wellbeing. Findings have shown that 93% of non-self-employed individuals have an obligation to safeguard employees’ wellbeing, rising to 97% among women.

The pandemic has put health at the forefront of people’s minds, so the ability to measure health in a meaningful way is of the utmost importance to the individual and employer. As an employer, knowing the health risks of your teams allows you to target your interventions to make them more effective and welcome to those who need them most.

According to Britain’s Healthiest Workplace, healthier employees are happier, more engaged and therefore more productive, a key component to both business resilience and business success.

Follow our next article for some tips on the how to positively help your workforce through the pandemic.