Updated: Jan 30, 2020
We get it. The world we live in today is fast paced, we are in a constant state of trying to juggle and balance life's responsibilities and our workplaces expect more of us yet seem to value our contribution less at the same time.
Here are some stats, incase you aren't already feeling it, or have experienced the 'burn' for yourself:
Two thirds of working parents in Australia struggle to care for their health due to the tension between work and caring. One in four are thinking about quitting their job (National Working Families Report, October 2019).
In May 2019 the World Health Organization recognised burnout in the International Classification of Diseases as an occupational health phenomenon.
It defines burnout 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:
1. feelings of energy depletion or exhaustion;
2. increased mental distance from one’s job, or feelings of negativism or cynicism related to one's job; and,
3. reduced professional efficacy.
86% of British people say they have experienced anxiety due to work pressure in the last year. 87% have difficulties switching off from work, and 79% cite feelings of failure as a result (Microsoft, September 2019). 71% of women and 66% of men in Singapore feel they work in an ‘always-on’ environment, with a constant need to access work emails, answer calls or check phones (Cigna, March 2019).
Taking action is not only necessary, but with it comes a huge opportunity to innovate and improve your business outcomes.
Looking after your people is just one element of what it takes to be a sustainable business in 2020, but the business case for sustainability has never been stronger. Valuing the social and human capital that individuals contributes enhances your business resilience and can add to your competitive advantage.
This includes stronger stakeholder relationships, cost savings, improved reputation and better access to, and retention of, talent. People are often our biggest assets and the cost of replacing them can be huge.
The time has arrived in which the mental wellbeing of your employees is just as important as your supply chain. As your environmental impact. As your mission. As your business as usual.
We know you are stretched, which is why we have made it as easy as possible for your business to get the sustainability support that it needs. Contact us today to find out what we can do to help you honour Purpose, People, Planet and Profit as your business as usual.