Staff reporting high levels of burnout

Employees are reporting low levels of well-being, regardless of working in a hybrid or non-hybrid environment, according to research from the International SOS Foundation. Some 40% of staff are experiencing burnout, the report’s authors say.

Developed with Affinity Health at Work, International SOS Foundation’s Managing Duty of Care for Well-being Within a Hybrid Workforce report draws on data from staff across the world to investigate the impact of hybrid work on well-being and duty of care.

Findings include that, on average, staff put in 20% more hours than they are expected to per week and that working hours are the most significant contributor to stress and mental ill-health.

This could provide evidence for some of the reasons why the trend of ‘quiet quitting’ – when staff mentally disconnect from their jobs and start to only provide minimal effort – may be on the rise, the report’s authors believe.

Dr Rodrigo Rodriguez-Fernandez, global health adviser, wellness and mental health at International SOS, comments “Clearly workplace burnout is an issue that both hybrid and non-hybrid staff are experiencing. Both working environments come with their own challenges, which employers must account for in their mental wellness strategies. For instance, hybrid staff may experience well-being benefits associated with more work flexibility, but they may also miss out on in-person training for mental health awareness. Listening to employees is integral to this, as this research highlights how vital it is that employees feel empowered when it comes to their mental health and well-being.”

The research was compiled with data from over 1,000 participants globally.

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