PART ONE: BURNOUT
To keep up with technology, we humans have to work faster, harder, and better. Great for some, while for others, the digital age modus operandi is causing accelerated levels of workplace stress and burnout.
Last time I checked, Artificial Intelligence hasn’t taken over the world… um, yet (should place "scared face" emoji here), so, we still need healthy humans to run the show.
According to recent studies, one in five highly engaged employees is at risk of burnout. The American Institute of Stress claims that work-related stress costs the economy 300 billion each year. Work stress-producing practices consist of:
- long working hours
- the absence of job-related control
- not having regular and predictable work hours
- work vs. family disputes
- lack of health insurance
Stressed employees are more likely to quit and managing turnover is not cheap.
Through the years, I've read multiple studies that have indicated a direct link between "giving people control over how and when they do their jobs" and "an increase in motivation and engagement."
Some of the companies leading a path to healthy change include Google, SAS Institute, and Patagonia. These companies provide a template for healthy workplace actions to include:
- people taking time off are expected to use it
- people do not send emails or text messages after work hours or on weekends
- people are not micromanaged and as long as they deliver, can decide how and when they accomplish tasks
Questions to consider:
Will employees of the future select their place of employment solely on salary and promotion opportunities or also on psychological and physical health? And, how are you managing workplace stress and burnout?
Would very much like to hear your views. Please share your thoughts in the comments section.
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