The way in which we work has changed, much of which can be put down to expectations, a desire to impress and modern technology that keeps us connected.
Mental health is a hot topic and something that needs to be taken seriously along with stress and anxiety in the workplace, all of which can sometimes be put down to never switching off. Research has found that many UK employees are working overtime and responding to emails and calls when they are not meant to be working. Despite this, many employees believe that their organisation does not have a culture that expects them to be available almost around the clock.
For many, working outside of normal hours is a normal thing and that has lead to employees and employers losing sight of how important it is to stop, recharge and rejuvenate. As a result, it is important that we put guidelines in place that cause employees to stop working when they should stop. What’s more, it is important that leaders and managers put boundaries in place that tell employees that there is no reason for them to be working around the clock or even checking their emails when they are on leave.
Overcoming this growing problem can have a positive effect on all. From an employee perspective, it enables them to switch off and forget about work. For employers, it means that employees are not heading towards burnout and illness. This means that when they do work, they perform to their potential while reducing sickness levels.
To overcome the problem of that always-on culture, employee wellbeing programmes can help to create real change. This is particularly true if they are put in place in a culture where healthy working practices are considered normal and followed by senior leaders.
Wellbeing and the success of people work harmoniously which makes encouraging employees to switch off and take care of themselves an important part of the workplace. In fact, it is just as important as any other aspect of the business. The stats are out there and they clearly indicate that those employers that understand and act on this will outperform those that don’t.
A huge array of problems can arise from the stress of the workplace. Therefore, encouraging employees to turn off will have a positive impact on the success of businesses.