Pandemic drives increase in burnout: Chief of Staff report

RESEARCH: More than 40% of staff globally say they were more burned out 12 months into the Covid-19 pandemic, according to research cited in Chief of Staff Asia's exclusive report into workplace mental health.

The report, titled Pressure from all sides: Mental health in the Covid-era workplace, also found that 25% of staff had forfeited paid time off over the past 18 months, as workplaces struggled to implement effective remote and hybrid working systems.

It advises HR leaders to monitor and work to reverse this trend, citing the case study of one US tech company that sent the whole workforce on leave for a week during 2020.

"One of the biggest ways companies can support mental health is to encourage employees to take full advantage of personal time off, mental health days, and vacations," the report states.

Other advice for HR is to design employee wellbeing programs that address both physical and mental wellness, and to also adjust internal communication strategies to ensure remote workers receive regular check-ins from their managers and colleagues.

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