SMEs: More prone to burnout?
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In the 21st century, we’re working longer days than ever before – and it seems this is catching up with us, causing feelings of overwhelm and burnout. Research by the National Accident Helpline has revealed that, shockingly, nine out of 10 British workers would still turn up to work if they were sick. However, presenteeism has actually been shown to have adverse effects on businesses and employees – so, should we really be working these long days?
Owners and employees of UK SMEs are, in fact, their own worst enemy – leaders will commonly use their devices to work whilst on holiday, or during out-of-work hours. In the best interests of the business, though, it’s essential that SME leaders take responsibility for their own wellbeing and ‘switch off’ in order to perform at their best during work hours.
Whilst looking after their own physical and mental wellbeing, employers should also discourage millennials from taking up the unhealthy long-hours working culture. Although it might seem a good idea at the time, in the long term, this will lead to burnout – eventually jeopardising the success of the business. Employers can tackle this by introducing team building activities and health initiatives, such as yoga classes.