Employees expect their workplace to better support their mental and physical health

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UK Google searches for the ‘signs of burnout’ have soared by 300%, between September 2020 and now. With everyone returning to the office after COVID, it’s now more important than ever to know if you are feeling burned out by the changes.

Despite the initial widespread positive feelings toward the flexibility that work-from-home provided, employees are now experiencing increased feelings of virtual fatigue and burnout – with one-third of workers expressing their feelings of disenchantment. Further, as employees struggle to establish healthy boundaries between their professional and personal lives, the research finds 36% feel a lack of energy while working today and struggle to remain motivated and engaged in their job. 

With work and life happening in the same space today, workers are missing the clear boundaries that the office provides

Workers are looking to companies to support their holistic wellbeing in the workplace, as long-term homeworking is taking a heavy social and mental toll. Relaxation spaces, healthy food services, and outdoor spaces, for example, are at the top of the list of what employees want; however, only 17% of people currently have access to relaxation spaces, 19% have access to healthy food services, and 25% have access to outdoor spaces. 

Providing easier access to health amenities, however, won’t make an impact on employees’ overall wellbeing if they don’t have the time to use them. With one-third of employees today feeling held back by a lack of energy and time to adopt healthy routines, companies have the opportunity to help their workers carve out time during the workday to focus on self-care. 

The World Health Organisation divides burnout into three categories, feeling exhausted, increased mental distance from one’s job, negativity or feeling cynical about your job, and a reduction of productivity in the workplace. So if you are feeling overwhelmed with daily tasks and noticing an increase in workplace conflict then speak to a friend or colleague and your manager.    

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It is reported that 1 in 6 workers are currently dealing with a mental health problem and the Covid-19 pandemic has not only exacerbated previous issues but has also created new ones for people retuning to work. Talking about feelings can help individuals stay in good mental health and deal with times when they feel troubled but doing so is not always easy especially in a working environment.

Keeping the lines of communication open is the first step to assisting someone who is struggling mentally but with speaking up often so difficult, we’ve ensured the HealthBoxHR Mental Health feature is simple and discreet.

Through the use of the HealthBoxHR app, or on any web browser via all smart phones, laptops, desktops or tablets, the feature allows individuals to share their feelings with confidence and full control as to the outcome of their request.

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