“Always on” culture increases risk of burn-out
UK workers are increasingly letting work encroach on their free time, according to new research.
A poll by Regus has found that almost a third (30%) of UK workers admit to working overtime at the weekend or while they are on holiday. It means that more and more people are unable to completely switch off outside of work.
Employee wellbeing is currently high on the agenda. In January, France passed a law establishing workers’ “right to disconnect”, requiring companies with more than 50 employees to establish hours when staff should not send or answer emails.
The findings of this latest research have been published during Mental Health Awareness week. Experts are warning that employee burn-out - physical, psychological and emotional distress caused by an inability to rest - is becoming a growing problem.
The poll by Regus targeted UK professionals in order to identify typical patterns working and productivity. One key issue was travel to work, with 54% of those polled saying that working from a location nearer to their home could help improve their work/life balance; 43% of respondents stated that they intend to work remotely in the coming year in order to improve their morale.
Richard Morris, UK ceo, Regus, said: “There is no lack of awareness around mental wellbeing and about how employers can improve working structures for employees. However, this awareness needs to now translate into tangible action and strategy. There may, in time, be a UK law like the one recently passed in France whereby businesses are required to more closely monitor out-of-work activity. However, the onus is on UK firms to take a proactive stance and to put worker wellbeing first.”
Also this week, a new smartphone app called Recover has been launched which promises to help alleviate stress by turning negative thoughts into positive ones using mindfulness.