The demands and responsibilities of employees towards their home and work are only skyrocketing, causing burnout.
In a Gallup study conducted with 7,500 full-time employees, almost 23% of the respondents felt burned out at work always or at least often., while 44% felt burned out sometimes.
Since workplace burnout has become pretty common nowadays, the World Health Organization (WHO) defines it as –
“Burn-out is a syndrome conceptualized as resulting from chronic workplace stress that has not been successfully managed. It is characterized by three dimensions:
- feelings of energy depletion or exhaustion;
- increased mental distance from one’s job, or feelings of negativism or cynicism related to one’s job; and
- reduced professional efficacy.”
Many studies prove the impact of workplace burnout on employee health and wellbeing. And so, many employers are implementing suitable employee wellness programs to help in managing the issues.
According to another workplace burnout study, almost 76% of HR and wellness professionals said corporate wellness technology can help employees overcome burnout, while 24% did not really agree with it.
A National Safety Council (NSC) survey revealed that almost 66% of US employees suffer from occupational fatigue.
A report published by the Bureau of Labor Statistics revealed that US employees work for a total of around 3.9 billion hours per month. Here are some more brief details about this study.
Employee Burnout Study
The Bureau of Labor Statistics conducted a survey from April 2021 to April 2022 with full-time and part-time adult employees in the USA. The study recorded that the standard working week across the US was from Monday to Friday, with Saturday and Sunday being weekly offed for corporate organizations.
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, all corporate employees (part-time and full-time included) recorded an average of 34.9 hours of work per week in April 2021 and 34.6 hours in April 2022.
However, the average workweek hours differed based on the kind of industry. For example, goods-producing industries like mining and construction recorded an average of 40 hours of work per week in April 2021 and 2022. On the other hand, financial services worked for 37.6 hours per week, education and health services for 33.5 hours, and other services for 32.3 hours. The overall overtime was around 3.4 hours per week.
How Corporate Wellness Programs Can Help?
The above study showed that US employees were clocking over time, which could affect their overall health and wellbeing. A study by the University of Phoenix revealed that around 55% of adult employees in the US experienced occupational burnout, of whom 68% had fatigue, 65% anxiety, and 48% experienced depression.
This impacts productivity, work-life balance, healthcare costs, employee wellbeing, and overall business growth.
By implementing the right modules for the employee wellness programs, employers can help the workforce deal with workplace burnout issues. One of the key ways to achieve this is by helping them have a proper work-life balance.
- Check on physical and mental health – Early detection of physical and mental health issues can help in reducing the risks of fatigue and other mental health conditions. Health risk assessments, screenings, and coaching can help with it.
- Healthy workplace culture – A workplace that screams positivity is a healthy and happy one. It directly or indirectly impacts employee wellbeing and their state of mind. Employee wellness programs can help in building a healthy and positive workplace culture.
- Flexible working schedules – A flexible workplace culture has become the need of the hour for most corporate employees. Allowing flexible working schedules can improve employee retention, recruitment, and overall workplace engagement.
- Holistic wellbeing programs – Many other holistic wellbeing dimensions like financial health, social wellness, etc., impact overall employee wellness. Implementing employee wellness solutions that cater to these requirements, along with coaching, educational resources, and other suitable modules can be effective in reducing burnout and achieving work-life balance.
Employee burnout can cost the organization in different ways. From lost productivity to increased healthcare costs, and higher employee turnover rates. Implementing well-suited employee wellness programs can help harness its benefits, ensuring a happy, healthy, satisfied, active, and productive workforce, with a proper work-life balance.