Over the past 2 years, a growing number of workers have struggled to find work-life balance while working from home, are experiencing digital overload and the stress of a global pandemic which has led to workplace burnout spiking and the Great Resignation making its way to the APAC region.
A study done by Instant Offices revealed that a massive 58% of workers in Australia, Singapore, Japan, Hong Kong and Malaysia are planning to look for new jobs in 2022. It also found that the most burnt-out countries were Singapore at 37% and India at 29%.
Key findings from this Instant Offices research
Last year in Australia and Singapore, online searches for “burnout symptoms” increased by 61%. That equates to almost 150,000 additional searches compared to the year before.
Employers face losing younger talent, with 65% of 18–24-year-olds planning on resigning and 61% of 25–34-year-olds across Singapore, Japan, Australia and more.
51% of workers looking to quite list lack of growth opportunities as the cause.
Employees experiencing burnout are 63% more likely to take a sick day and 13% less confident in their performance at work.
In 2022, 65% of 18–24-year-olds are planning on resigning and 61% of 25–34-year-olds across the APAC region.
According to the World Health Organization, workplace burnout results from chronic workplace stress that hasn’t been managed which can lead to feeling exhausted, disengaged from work and unable to manage workload.
It’s not just individual employees that burnout affects
It also impacts company retention, which was proven in the study with just 9% of Australian employees are considered engaged at work, and 24% are actively looking to leave their employers.
Due to this, the Great Resignation is set to hit Australia by March 2022 with 51% of people citing lack of growth opportunities as the reason, 38% saying salary and 29% listing their wellbeing as the reason.
So, what can employers do to support their employees and reduce burnout? Here are Instant Offices top tips…
Tips and tricks to creating a healthy workplace
- Make physical and mental health a cornerstone of your company culture.
- Ensure your managers receive proper training on how to prevent, recognise and manage workplace burnout, both in themselves and their teams.
- It’s essential to provide a safe, hygienic work environment that allows workers to protect themselves and others
- Encourage your employees to set stricter boundaries by switching off their work devices at the end of their workday.
- Look for ways to bridge the gap between physical and digital spaces