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More than half of all professionals and two thirds of working parents feel worn out by their work, according to a survey by coaching and consulting company Talking Talent.
Its survey found 70% of senior managers said they felt worn out. Some 58% of senior managers said that they often lose focus at work, compared to 49% of all workers; more than half of graduates feel worn out by work the same as for other professionals. Two thirds of graduate feel they give a lot to work, but get little in return and three quarters of young professionals [aged 25 to 34] said they were worn out by work.
The survey highlights three key pressure points for organisations to look at: working parents; senior managers; and graduates.
It says nearly 50% of all workers do not feel they get enough support from employers. Talking Talent says companies need to be more open about wellbeing issues and enable people to talk about them. It argues there is a strong business case for doing so, pointing to the statistics on people losing focus at work and a study by the Institute for Public Policy Research which estimated that 460,000 people transition from work to sickness and disability benefits a year, costing employers £9bn a year.
Talking Talent Coach Director, Rob Bravo said: “Organisations need to take action to support the wellbeing of their people. This research shows how the risk of burnout is real. The challenge of helping employees understand how to manage their own wellbeing is part of protecting an organisation’s greatest asset – its people. If left unexamined, wellbeing issues will reverse positive trends in diversity and inclusion aimed at improving organisational performance.”