Linked – Work burnout rises despite company investments in mental health
The question is, did your company do what it had to during a pandemic just to get through, or does management actually care about the wellbeing of their employees? What the article below makes clear is that there are a lot of places that still don’t really care. They promised the things they needed to promise to keep things calm, and moving ahead, and now that they are looking at how to get back to “normal”? That no longer includes doing much to support employee mental health. Case in point:
A majority of workers cite mental health concerns as a reason why they’re quitting. According to Talkspace, 2 in 3 people planning to quit their job say their company hasn’t followed through on pandemic-era promises to focus more on employee mental health.
This statistic makes clear that employers are already not feeling the love. They are seeing the promises that were made to not only provide some additional resources, but also make changes to the organization that would help with being overworked, or unable to disconnect, and are still waiting for those changes to come along. The longer those changes go without being made, and the longer they go on feeling burned out, the less likely they are to do something to fix things internally.
The longer workers experience burnout, the less confidence they have that speaking up to managers will do any good says Talkspace chief medical officer Dr. Varun Choudhary. Instead, they’re more likely to quit to go work for an employer they believe will provide better mental health support. According to Talkspace’s survey, 41% of employees would rather take a new job in order to resolve stress, rather than tap into existing company policies such as changing teams or taking a short-term leave.
Again, that’s because they aren’t seeing the promised follow through on changes, or worse, they are seeing signs of things changing back to the way things were before when the organization made almost no effort to even talk about burnout and stress as issues.
The thing that I find most telling is who is feeling this way. It’s the same people we promised we would make changes to make the workplace more accessible to.
Some people are more likely to indicate plans to quit due to stress, including workers under 35 years old; workers who identify as Black, Indigenous or people of color; and working moms.
Yeah, remember all that took about being flexible for single parents, the diversity and inclusion projects we talked about kicking off, the efforts we were going to make on remote work to help us be more inclusive? Turns out that required some hard work we weren’t really interested in doing. They see this, they know it, and they are going to look for a place that is better. They no longer trust you.
Who will you be left with when everyone who wants better leaves for it?