A happy workforce is certainly a productive workforce, which is why focusing on the mental health and wellbeing of employees is a wise move for any brand keen to flourish and grow.
Of course, the last few years have been particularly challenging for us all and mental health concerns have been on the rise across the board – so it’s become even more important for businesses to prioritize the wellbeing of their staff, offering them support in a wide variety of ways Employees may not even know themselves that they’re approaching the point of burnout, but it’s highly possible that they could be suffering in this regard, so communication is absolutely key right now… and well into the future.
New research from MetLife UK, reported on by HR News, has just revealed that more than ten million people in the UK have taken sick days because of feeling burnt out, exhausted, depressed, stressed, overwhelmed, and unmotivated – and this could be costing businesses over £700 million a year, so there’s a financial case to be made for focusing on health and wellbeing, as well.
Amy Tomlinson, head of HR at MetLife UK, was quoted by the news source as saying: “Our research shows that employers are having to call in sick in order to take a break and recover from burnout, a worrying sign that could lead to greater issues such as absenteeism.
“Employers have a social responsibility to their employees to identify and manage the main causes of stress at work and put checks in place to ensure that it doesn’t start to impact their mental and physical health.”
How to identify burnout in employees
Knowing what signs to look out for is essential for businesses so that potential burnout can be addressed quickly and more immediately, helping people to get back on top. Although not considered a mental health condition in its own right, burnout is viewed as a mental health issue – and it can increase the chances of developing more serious conditions, such as depression.
Symptoms of burnout include irritability, fatigue, headaches, reduced motivation, reduced energy, and greater levels of frustration. If left unaddressed, burnout can also lead to a negative outlook, self-medication (using alcohol or other substances), and debilitating self-doubt. This can then lead to clinical depression.
Where remote workers are concerned, it can be harder to identify potential burnout before it becomes seriously problematic. Providing staff members with the best resources to help them do their jobs, as well as giving them holistic wellness opportunities and making them feel connected to the rest of the office can help prevent issues from manifesting.
How PLM systems can help reduce burnout
One of the best ways to help prevent burnout at work, whether your staff are in the office or operating remotely, is to make excellent use of PLM processes. This involves using systems that manage the entire lifecycle of your products from inception to engineering design and manufacture, service, and disposal. You’ll find that making the most of this kind of software and making your operations digital will help you adopt a more flexible approach to work, as well as make you far more efficient across the board.
One of the biggest benefits of PLM is that you can bring your people, processes, data, and business systems together so they’re all together in one place – making it far easier for staff members to access what they need, whenever they need it… and wherever they are.
As well as helping to support your employees in their jobs, you’ll find that the use of PLM will deliver improvements in product quality, as well as reduce the time it takes to get to market, lower prototyping costs, better operational serviceability, and reduced impact on the environment… so there are all sorts of benefits associated with this kind of technology.
If you’d like to find out more about how PLM could help you take your business to the next level and ensure that it continues to be a happy and productive place in which to operate, get in touch with the Bombyx PLM team today.