In the post-pandemic world, the nature of the workforce has become intense. In response to that, employees are opting for the Great Resignation. During the first quarter of 2022, almost 1.5 million employees quit their jobs, adding to the list of the Great Resignation. The reason is apparent; stats tell us that employees are opting for mass resignation because of the unbearable burnout they experience in the workplace.
However, the latest report from the National Academy of Medicines suggests that this “unbearable burnout” in the workplace is seen after the pandemic. Since companies went through a massive loss during the COVID-19 pandemic, they are compelled to recover from the heavy loss of the pandemic. Apparently, the pressure is on the employees.
Of course, as this burnout sustains for an extended period of time, employees are likely to be exposed to mental health issues. The report notes the following mental health issues in employees that are caused by burnout:
- Prolonged depression.
- Anxiety and fear of the unseen future.
- The pandemic itself was a trial for employees; putting them under intense pressure can only worsen the scenario for them.
Thus, the decline in mental health is the apparent consequence. However, it is essential to understand that no job is more significant than stable mental health. And if a workplace forces its employees to experience burnout, they are bound to quit it.
With that said, the National Academy of Medicines has some recommendations. The report reiterates that looking after employees’ mental health is crucial not only for the stability of the employees but for the long-term growth of the company too. Here are some recommendations of the National Academy of Medicines:
Employers Must Make the Mental Health of Their Employees the Foremost Priority
To begin with, the National Academy of Medicines suggests addressing the elephant in the room; making the employees’ mental health the foremost priority.
So, the recommendation is simple: Put the mental health of your employees as your foremost priority. Take the required measures to address the mental health issue of your employees. In turn, you will have an effective and dedicated team.
Set Achievable Targets for Your Employees
Another major issue among employers is that they set unrealistic targets, notes the National Academy of Medicines report. This needs to be addressed once and for all, the report suggests.
According to the National Academy of Medicines report, employers need to work on their set milestones. Meaning, these targets must be easily achievable. And a bonus for the achievement of the milestone should follow.
This way, the employees will feel that their voices are heard and that they matter. In turn, they will remain loyal to you and do whatever it takes to sustain your business.