Wellbeing

Three-quarters of WFH employees suffering from burnout

Sleeping problems (35%), the feeling of isolation (32%) and finding it difficult to concentrate (31%) were the three most common burnout symptoms reported by UK employees

Almost three-quarters (71%) of UK workers have reported experiencing a certain degree of burnout whilst working from home, according to a new study by B2B software search site Capterra.

Its latest study, which analyses how working from home has affected UK employees’ motivation and stress levels, found that many UK workers said the boundaries between work and home life are “blurring”, with 75% suffering from more than one burnout symptom.

Sleeping problems (35%), the feeling of isolation (32%) and finding it difficult to concentrate (31%) were the three most common burnout symptoms reported by UK employees since transitioning to working remotely. 

Some 56% of respondents said they sometimes or often answer work emails on the weekend, while 35% often use personal devices for work and 66% work more outside of formal work hours. 

As result of this overwork, 62% of respondents reported feeling the same or a higher level of stress since the transition to work from home due to the pandemic. 

Capterra found that employees’ mental health was also “rarely prioritised” in UK companies, as 45% of British employees said they haven’t discussed their mental wellbeing with their manager since the pandemic began. 

Sonia Navarrete, content analyst at GetApp UK, said: “Despite the high prevalence of stress-causing problems, almost half of UK employees who began working from home in 2020 have not discussed their mental wellbeing with their boss since the pandemic began.

“Since employees are no longer in the same location as their bosses, it can be difficult for employers to recognise stress and act in the employee’s best interests before major problems arise. Many organisations are taking a proactive approach, but our survey reveals that just under half have not raised the issue.”

She added: “Employees have different needs. Employers should be aware of how the pandemic affects certain groups and be proactive in addressing those needs.”

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