Defined by the World Health Organisation as a type of “chronic workplace stress that’s been unsuccessfully managed”, the occupational phenomenon called burnout has three main features: feelings of energy depletion; increased mental distance from one’s job; and reduced professional efficacy.
Research by Remchannel, released late last year, found that 69% of respondents were struggling to attract new employees or retain their existing talent.
There are several benefits of the hybrid work model for employees, ranging from better mental health to improved work-life balance which has a knock-on effect for the company’s offering hybrid work models, as happier employees deliver better results.
If the pandemic has taught us anything, it’s that the world of work will never be static. For the last two years, ‘you’re on mute’, ‘mullet’ dressing – formal on top, PJs below – or meetings from the car or in the middle of home-schooling have been the norm. Now, however, the call is for employees to start moving towards a hybrid model, where people split their time between being at an office and working remotely.
Based on the changing business landscape, the traditional workforce is shifting with McKinsey stating that by 2030 there could be a 20% increase in demand for managers, technology specialists and health professionals while manual roles are likely to decline as steeply.
For one thing, companies have become far more in tune with their employees’ needs from a physical, mental, emotional and professional perspective than ever before.
The roles and responsibilities of human resource professionals are evolving at a rapid pace compared to just a few years ago, making HR an increasingly challenging environment to navigate for all stakeholders.
And it turns out that when we are enjoying optimal wellbeing and thriving, it’s integrated. Quality relationships at home bolster our performance at work. Enjoying a noble purpose at work sparks positive emotions in our home time.
A recent KPMG global survey of 1 362 HR executives reports that 6 out of 10 believe that the HR function will rapidly become irrelevant if the industry doesn’t modernise its approach to planning for the future needs of the workforce.
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