Are your employees suffering from burn-out? Is it time to look at new ways of working that benefit both your business and your employees?

Burn-out is included in the 11th Revision of the International Classification of Diseases (ICD-11) as an occupational phenomenon (World Health Organisation). This can be identified by exhaustion, disengagement, and reduced efficiency.

Disengagement from work has been amplified since the pandemic and rise in cost of living, people are questioning their circumstances and weighing up their work life balance. Could there be someone in your workforce that is quietly quitting? More pressure has been placed on employers to continuously evolve their working practices to meet employee requirements.

Are you listening to your employees? Have you considered the four-day working week or a hybrid working model?

Research suggests there are ample benefits to implementing these new styles of working, including:

  • Positive working environment – an improved work life balance means employees are happier and this is reflected in the workplace.
  • Reduced work stress, absence and mental health issues as employees have larger rest periods.
  • Timekeeping improvements – employees are encouraged to use their time more efficiently.
  • Employees get more time to spend on physical health, leading to better mental health.
  • Overcome worker shortages by becoming an employer of choice.
  • Reduce power consumption and save money.
  • Retention – burnout is responsible for nearly half of turnover (Kronos).

You might be thinking, how can a four-day working week apply to a target driven, sales environment?

Let’s take recruitment as an example.

Research shows that 82% of recruitment consultants suffer from chronic stress at work.

Low employee wellbeing leads to poor corporate performance. Therefore, ignoring the wellbeing of your workforce puts you at risk of becoming less competitive, and considering there are more than 39,000 recruitment agencies in the UK, this is not ideal!

If you are an output-based business, your employees are driven by results and KPIs rather than time at the desk. The four-day working week encourages employees to be more self-critical, cutting down on wasting time and maximising efficiency in the time that they have.

The sales industry already encompasses financial incentives, but the pandemic has highlighted the importance of non-financial incentives and how this is essential in giving your business that competitive edge!

How can you implement these practices this into your business? 

The WeDo: HR support team have put together a few top tips for businesses considering the 4-day working week or the hybrid working model.

  1. Conduct thorough research.
  2. Learn from others – take tips from other similar businesses who have adapted to new ways of working.
  3. Trial it first!
  4. Invest in coaching and training your employees on time management, productivity, and target setting.
  5. Communication is key! Listen and communicate clearly to your employees and your clients. Adjust workflows where appropriate whilst being clear about your expectations.

Take a moment to ask yourself the following questions:

  • When did you last conduct an employee engagement survey?
  • Do your employees have autonomy and control?
  • Do you understand the reasons behind the fluctuations in productivity and motivation in your business?
  • How can you get the best levels of productivity from your team in an increasingly flexible and agile work environment?

The WeDo: HR support team can provide expert advice on the best working practices that fit your organisation and most importantly, your employees. Give us a buzz on 0330 900 8787 or hello@wedo-hr.co.uk

Jo Bates – HR Consultant, WeDo HR Support

Give us a buzz: 0330 900 8787

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