World Mental Health Day – How ‘Presenteeism’ Can Be Monitored and Tackled in the Workplace, Featured in Start Up Donut
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According to the Mental Health Foundation, around 1 in 6 people experience a mental health problem each week. This month has marked World Mental Health Day, where UK businesses were urged to evaluate their staff’s mental health. As featured in Start Up Donut, Kirsten Cluer discusses how ‘presenteeism’ can cause employee exhaustion.
Presenteeism, the practise of working more hours than required, has hit a record high in the UK. It has a detrimental effect on employee health and wellbeing and, if not monitored properly, can cause stress, fatigue and other illnesses. This ultimately affects the businesses’ productivity.
Presenteeism has seen an all-time high thanks to the advancement of technology which allows workers to access emails and documents 24/7. This blurs the boundaries between work-life balance. In order to re-build a healthy workplace, employers need to encourage an environment where workers feel that they don’t need to continue working outside the required hours.
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