you ever been made to feel like your wellbeing doesn’t matter? That a
customers’ happiness is more important – you have to work that extra shift or
skip lunch to get the job done.
this isn’t an isolated event. You said ‘yes’ once and now working overtime is
business as usual.
the weeks roll by, you have less and less free time. You start to feel
exhausted, emotionally and physically. You don’t sleep well, your appetite has
diminished and your mood is at an all-time low.
cost of success shouldn’t be your wellbeing but this is a lived reality for
many. We look at why it doesn’t have to be this way – and how.
recent Gallup study of nearly 7,500 full-time employees found
that 23% reported feeling burnt out at work very often or always, while an
additional 44% reported feeling burnt out sometimes.
“occupational phenomenon” of burning out is so prevalent that The World Health
Organisation has officially classed it as a medical diagnosis. Symptoms
instances of burnout can also make individuals vulnerable to life-threatening
illnesses, such as type 2 diabetes, heart disease and high blood pressure,
according to The Mayo Clinic.
occurs when people are stretched too thin because of their personal
responsibilities, work obligations or both. And while many employers think
their employees need to make personal sacrifices to help the business succeed,
taking free time away from their people is actually detrimental to success.
you burn out, do you view your job differently? You may find it increasingly
stressful and have difficulty concentrating or thinking creatively.
might even grow cynical about your working environment and the people around
you, feelings that eventually turn into numbness. You don’t care about what you
do, you just want to make it through the day.
are clear signs that you’ve become disengaged, and it’s as bad for your health
as it is for the business. Disengaged employees are thought to cost the UK £52-70 billion per year in lost productivity.
“There is more to life than increasing its speed,” said the great
Mohandas Gandhi. With everything going on in the world right now, this
sentiment has never been more relevant.
full-throttle, rapidly moving way of life simply isn’t sustainable. Human
beings need the time to pause, take a breath and reflect. If we don’t get the
space to recharge and work on ourselves, we burn out and we know where that
an employer’s responsibility to prioritise their people’s wellbeing (in fact,
it’s their legal duty as per The Health and Safety at Work Act 1974).
our own experience at San-iT, it’s absolutely possible to do this without
sacrificing success. In fact, giving employees dedicated time for themselves
can help the business thrive.
staff receive two sanity days per year for their wellbeing. This is dedicated
time for our team members to breathe sanity into their lives however they
choose, such as:
isn’t the same for everyone – we let people personalise and choose what they
want to do.
from Accounts works five days a week. She recently took a Sanity Day to
volunteer at her youngest son’s school trip to Knowsley Safari Park. She got to
spend quality time with her son, Freddie, and he was delighted to share this
experience with his mum.
Alison, our Office Manager, chose to spend her
Sanity Day relaxing at a local spa, helping her recharge and come back to work
with bundles of energy.
lot of our team members love to spend time outdoors and value nature as a great
healer. As Florence Williams of the National Geographic puts it: “When we get closer to nature—be it
untouched wilderness or a backyard tree—we do our overstressed brains a favor.”
Matt Simmons, our Solutions Architect, is one such
employee. He loves to spend his Sanity Days hiking up a mountain, walking along
the beach or partaking in a Freshwalk.
Other employees love to learn. Like Jamie, one of our 1st/2nd line support
engineers, who spent his last two Sanity Days studying a new technology and
working towards an exam.
but not least, several of our colleagues like to spend their time giving back
through volunteering. For example, Mat K-M, another 1st/2nd Line Support Engineer,
recently used his Sanity Day to help out at the SVP Camp on Holy Island.
employees’ needs first helps build a business culture that encourages
engagement, productivity and progress. Not only is burnout prevented but an
environment is formed from which a business can thrive.
Days are just one of the ways we put employee happiness at the heart of our
instance, we’ve recently completed an ambitious office extension to give our
team the space to eat away from their desks and recharge in good company.
also put our employees in charge of their learning and development, creating
opportunities moulded around their desires for the future.
we’ve implemented these initiatives, our business has grown from strength-to-strength
– proof that burnout isn’t a necessary evil for success.
you suffer from burnout? Or perhaps your employer is ahead of the curve when it
comes to employee wellbeing. Either way, we’d love to hear from you – please
share your thoughts and experiences with us on Twitter.