Technostress is often not easy to identify as most organizations see tech innovations as fixing the problem rather than being a part of the problem. Technology, no doubt, has enormous positive contributions to organizational growth and success, but it also comes with certain drawbacks that may decrease employee health and productivity
Now more than ever, organizations have realized the need to build resilience within their workforce. But this requires an intentional approach, which must take into account what employees need, how best those needs can be addressed, and how best such solutions can be communicated to them to achieve the desired outcomes.
Employers across the globe now recognize that protecting and supporting the mental health of employees is vital to the future of their business. This newfound awareness comes as the world enters the third year of the pandemic, and little is normal about the way we live and work. In 2021, the disruptions and mental health fallout from COVID-19, economic uncertainty, and social unrest continued, affecting even more of the workforce than in 2020. Meanwhile, more employees dealt with mental health challenges over the past year, from stress and burnout to anxiety, depression, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), and substance use problems. Mental health issues like burnout have contributed to many workers’ decisions to leave their jobs, if not the workforce entirely. “The pandemic has forced people to reflect on what really matters most to them, and if their employer does not support their ability to prioritize other values outside of work, then people may look elsewhere, or they may risk becoming burned out and frustrated,” said Joe Grasso, Lyra Health’s senior director of workforce mental health.
April 14, 2022
In a recent survey by Deloitte, more than 77 percent of workers reported experiencing burnout at their current workplace. Burnout refers to the spectrum of physical and emotional signs of exhaustion and stress, increases with increase in demand.
Workplace stress has been an issue plaguing many workersacross many markets. But studies are beginning to find that the burden tiltsmore toward women. Employers can take steps to understand the basis for thisdifference in response to stress and provide solutions to better address it,thereby creating a healthier and a more productive workplace.
Money is the leading cause of stress for Americans and it is striking at their health and work lives. A major cause of this is the concern about the rising cost of healthcare. This sets off a vicious cycle as stress further increases expenses on health.