January 21, 2020
Four in ten professionals admit they’re on the brink of burnout, with more than two thirds stating that stress at work is the main contributor, research carried out from online jobs site CV-Library has claimed. Out of more than 2,000 UK professionals surveyed, 45 percent said they have trouble sleeping, 40 percent suffer from negative thoughts and 39 percent feel exhausted.
What’s more, two thirds (65 percent) of the professionals polled worry about letting their team down if they’re unwell, with a further 58 percent fearing they’re disappointing their employer.
When asked what causes them the most stress at work, respondents cited the following:
- Having to meet unrealistic targets – 31 percent
- Having to work long hours – 30 percent
- An excessively high workload – 29 percent
- Pressure from their manager – 27 percent
- Tight deadlines – 22 percent
Lee Biggins, founder and CEO of CV-Library, comments: “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.
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.
“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.”
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.”