We talk a lot about how to make the most of your workforce here at 1850Thoughts, utilising thoughtful design and the latest industry knowledge to aid you in helping your team to excel. However, all that positive progress can easily be squandered if your fail to look after the health both physical and mental of those working on behalf of your company.

One of the most prevalent issues throughout UK offices in recent times is an ever-increasing workload, which is becoming unmanageable for many and leading to a less-than-ideal work-life balance. This can have a severe effect on the mental wellbeing of your workforce, as highlighted in recent research conducted by employee experience company Qualtrics.

The research in question, known as the Qualtrics Employee Pulse, is a long-running quarterly survey of more than 4,000 employees throughout the UK. The survey highlights the impact of burgeoning workloads on today’s workforce and reveals that better support from businesses is needed to ensure the mental wellbeing of staff.

Delving deeper into the survey’s results, 47% of respondents say they spend the majority of their time feeling overwhelmed by their workloads, while 85% insist that work is causing them undue stress.

Furthermore it appears that employees have little faith in their superiors to resolve the issue, as more than half (52%) of UK workers believe their employer does not promote a healthy work-life balance. Meanwhile only a third of respondents stated that their managers help them to manage their workload.

Sarah Marrs, Employee Experience Specialist at Qualtrics, said of the survey’s results, “Work-life balance is a hugely important part of modern business and a key driver in keeping staff motivated and satisfied. The fact that so many workers are struggling to stay on top of their workloads is a real cause for concern.

“A business’ employees are its key assets – so the mental health and wellbeing of staff should be a top priority for organisations looking to engage their teams and boost productivity. If employees are stressed, tired or overworked, those feelings will rapidly trickle down into the quality of their work and is more likely to result in their choosing to leave the organisation. Finally, it’s important to remember that employees are often the face of a business to customers – and no business wants their customer interaction to be one of stress and overwork.”

Sam Bonson

Sam is an aspiring novelist with a passion for fantasy and crime thrillers. He is currently working as a content writer, journalist & editor as he continues to expand his horizons.
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