The Deloitte report suggests that burnout and stress is “the most significant inhibitor for optimal business performance”. The report finds that over 1,000 respondents choose to summarise their workday as “highly stressed”.
How would you describe your typical workday?
My work with clients suggests that “highly stressed” carries well into the weekend also. It is a great description for most lives today unless you have recently won the lottery, came into a substantial inheritance or decided to quit the rat race and moved somewhere where life and time run a great deal slower.
A Summary of the Deloitte Report on Burnout and Stress
So what can we learn from this report? Here are a few highlights that resonate with my experience as a consultant on workplace wellbeing and productivity, Grid™ creator, and personal advisor and coach to people who want results without stress.
- Burnout and stress inhibit good performance, and yet, they are both on the rise.
- Whilst 8/10 people have passion for their work, 6/10 are stressed by it. That’s 60% of people.
- 7/10 have experienced burnout in their current job which is a very scary concept when we consider so many wellbeing initiatives that have been launched at work in the last decade.
- What contributes to burnout include long-hours working cultures, unrealistic deadlines, and poor leadership and management.
- The negative impact of stress and burnout affects work, relationships, and drives the repetition of habits that lock people into habitual cycles of exhaustion. Overwhelm makes it hard to find smart solutions!
- 7/10 people don’t believe their employers do enough to minimise burnout and stress.
- There is a mismatch between what employers offer and what staff need.
- Millennials are the most affected by burnout and stress.
Burnout impacts performance and mental health in the workplace
Talent is not in short supply. What we lack are whole, healthy, flourishing people.Magdalena Bak-Maier, Minds at Work Havas Lecture, June 2019
The estimated cost of poor mental health in the UK was £43 billion in 2018. This estimate rose from the last estimate of £37 billion given in 2016.
According to Deloitte amongst the factors that contribute to this cost are presenteeism, burnout, people leaving roles, and the costs associated with keeping employees engaged. Seems a bit crazy if we consider that giving people tools to do well and teaching them how to look after their work-life balance would be cheaper and more effective. This has been the case in a few places where I was invited to intervene.
Here’s how Grid™ can help tackle burnout and stress!
- Grid™ method focuses on lowering stress by helping the person rediscover how to work from a place of the low-stress zone. This is achieved through cycles of attention and focus and task-energy matching.
- Grid™ helps people learn to structure and manage work on their terms and coaches the person through it.
- Grid™ helps from Day 1 because the framework is designed for balance and wellbeing.
- Grid™ helps train healthy boundaries because it highlights imbalances at every level – daily, weekly and habitual life-style habits such as working too many hours and essentially having no life, or neglecting oneself to please everyone else.
- Using Grid™ rebuilds confidence that one can work effectively and balance a more wholistic agenda.
- As Grid™ user gets better, their performance improves and how they interact with others changes. We do not need research to know that when we feel on top of things, we have more to give to others.
- Grid drives positive habits because it is laser sharp in pinpointing what works and also what needs to change.
- The Grid™ training we offer in companies for staff and leaders and managers goes way beyond awareness raising. It equips people with a tool to actually do better.
If you’re interested in eliminating the mismatch between your staff stress levels and the cost of your well-being provision with a low-cost solution that makes a BIG difference, reach out!
Our suite of online, in-person, and blended learning options will help you start small and discover the difference Grid™ can make! Visit our Grid™ pages and get in touch.
We’re also currently piloting the methodology with students between 18-24 to understand if their ways of working and Grid™ can match up as well. Our early results look very promising. Want to know more and see how we can help you? Get in touch.
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