New research shows productivity paranoia is at an all-time high in the UK, with employees feeling the pressure to “prove” they are working.
According to a survey by POINT3 Wellbeing, almost two in five Brits are feeling stressed at work, and/or experiencing poor mental health. The data shows that of those employees who are suffering from poor well-being at work, over half feel less supported by their manager and organisation.
Research also shows 85% of leaders find it challenging to have confidence that their employees are being productive, according to data from Microsoft, with the shift to hybrid work leading to a 153% increase in weekly meetings. In response to this, employees feel the pressure to “prove” they are working which then causes burnout.
Commenting on the research, Sarah Mayo, co-founder of POINT3 Wellbeing said “Our survey shows that those employees who are reporting poor well-being in the workplace also report feeling unsupported by their manager. The data suggests that despite over three years of remote working, many managers still struggle to trust that their employees are working productively when they aren’t visible.
“The lack of trust from employers is concerning. We know that trust is the basis of the highest-performing teams, so if managers aren’t creating this culture of trust, then high performance is simply not going to be achievable. Managers need to proactively find ways to build this trust in a remote working model, and it starts by affording your team with flexibility, treating them as adults and discussing clear expectations and boundaries.
“If managers don’t shift their way of thinking, they will face resentment or resignation from employees. Instead of measuring employee productivity via screen time and keystrokes, leaders should be ensuring team members are clear about their roles and contribution to the team, helping them with prioritisation and clarity of direction, and checking in at agreed points to assess progress and support in distributing workloads.”
To help managers shift away from productivity paranoia, Sarah Mayo, Leadership Trainer and co-founder of POINT3 Wellbeing recommends:
Original Article: HRnews
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