According to Forbes, employees are clocking an average of nine hours of unpaid overtime a week. Even worse, one in ten employees in America report working as much as 20 extra hours because they feel that they are expected to. This number has doubled in the last year alone.
For anyone who has worked remotely during the past year, chances are that these figures aren’t much of a surprise. Unfortunately, the pandemic has allowed negative work behaviors to become widespread across all work hierarchies and the added pressure to perform has resulted in a new Covid work culture.
Habitually working long hours and overcoming constant exhaustion, AKA overwork culture, is still seen as a badge of honor within the workplace. While there’s something to be said about an employee who is willing to divest themselves fully into their work, the World Health Organization has revealed the negative long-term implications of overwork culture.
Some of these long-term implications include burnout, exhaustion and the deterioration of mental health and employee morale. In short, promoting a work culture that is defined by constant overwork is detrimental to the long-term success of companies and the people who work there.
Employees who report feeling that their emotional wellbeing is negatively impacted by their work are 33% more likely to seek new employment elsewhere. However, when employees report feeling that their emotional wellbeing is positively impacted by their work, this figure drops to just 8%. For obvious reasons, employees value a workplace that promotes healthy emotional wellbeing.
But, in order to promote better emotional wellness within your team, you must secure buy-in from leadership. Overworking is typically a top-down issue. Therefore, leadership must recognize the significance of burnout on a remote workforce. Leaders who refuse to acknowledge these issues may model unhealthy behaviors across their teams, which creates a trickle-down effect of negative behavior which can result in massive turnover.
Of course, incentives are great for attracting top-quality talent to your team, but it’s only a piece of the puzzle. If you want to find highly-motivated employees, you need to invest in recruitment practices that allow you to locate talent and engage with them in a meaningful way while also showcasing your company’s focus on providing adequate employee wellness incentives.
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