Mental wellbeing in the workplace

Understanding the challenges of the modern workplace

The world of work is changing. New technology has opened up new ways of working. In some respects, this has been a positive shift, enabling us to work faster, smarter and with a global reach. But it has also contributed to the establishment of a high pressure, ‘always on’ culture. In the modern workplace, office hours often extend beyond 9-5, blurring the boundaries between our work lives and our personal lives. As a result, today’s workplace culture is often pushing employees towards burnout.

OUR SURVEY SAID

Research commissioned by CABA in 2017 demonstrates the pressure felt by employees:

  • 40% regularly check emails in the evening and/or at the weekend
  • 34% regularly work overtime during the week
  • 33% regularly check work emails when they are off sick

WHAT IS THE IMPACT OF THIS PRESSURE?

Consistent pressure to be switched on to work 24 hours a day has a detrimental impact on employee mental wellbeing, which manifests in problems both at work and at home.

Research for our 2017 whitepaper , The importance of holistic health & wellbeing at work, showed that at work, employees struggle to concentrate and maintain productivity.

They tend to take more sick days and are more likely to experience conflict with other colleagues.
At home, people struggle to switch off, relax and unwind. As a result, more and more people are experiencing disrupted sleep, which has its own consequences, both in terms of mental wellbeing and physical health. Relationships with loved ones also suffer, as people struggle to give their full attention to their personal lives.

BUCKING THE TREND

In response to these new challenges, employee wellbeing is quickly becoming a top priority for employers all over the world. Organisations are beginning to understand the impact of employee wellbeing on productivity, performance and ultimately, profitability.

There is plenty of opportunity to improve wellbeing in the workplace. With the right tools and knowledge, individuals can make changes to achieve a better work-life blend and reduce the impact of normal workplace pressure on their mental wellbeing. But managers and senior leaders also have an important role to play in setting expectations, establishing a healthy workplace culture and providing tools and support to empower staff to take care of their own mental wellbeing.

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RESOURCES

Support for individuals

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TELEPHONE LIFE COACHING

Telephone life coaching is a chance to pause, take a step back and re-assess your goals and priorities.

This can be useful if you’re feeling overwhelmed, indecisive or unsure about what you want from your future. If you’re feeling unsatisfied, or lacking in purpose or direction, life coaching is a chance to work out what you could do differently, and how to do it.

Finding time to reflect on these issues is often the biggest barrier for people who feel something needs to change. Life coaching can give you that physical time and mental space to think clearly and the impetus to take action.

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PERSONAL & PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT COURSES

Equip yourself with the skills and knowledge to take care of your mental wellbeing and support others to do the same.

You can choose to work directly with our expert trainers in multiple locations across the UK or complete an e-learning course, perfect for those with busy schedules.

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DEVELOPING TEAM RESILIENCE

DEVELOPING TEAM RESILIENCE

Learn how to support your team’s wellbeing for improved productivity and performance.

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MANAGING PERSONAL CHANGE

MANAGING PERSONAL CHANGE

Improve your adaptability and learn positive ways to handle change, at work and at home.

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YOGA FOR BUSY PEOPLE

YOGA FOR BUSY PEOPLE

Learn simple yoga stretches to help relieve physical and mental tension.

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SUPERCHARGE YOUR SLEEP

SUPERCHARGE YOUR SLEEP

Learn the secret to a better night’s sleep that leaves you refreshed and full of energy.

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Our free personal and professional development courses are available to past and present ICAEW members, ACA students, ICAEW staff and their close families, at a number of locations across the UK. Many of our courses are also available online and we will be adding more e-learning opportunities over the next few months.

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SUPPORT FOR ORGANISATIONS

As the charity that supports the wellbeing of the ICAEW chartered accountant community, CABA is committed to working with ICAEW firms, businesses and training providers; supporting them to create open, positive and healthy workplaces in which all individuals are empowered and supported to look after every aspect of their wellbeing.

THE IMPORTANCE OF HOLISTIC HEALTH & WELLBEING AT WORK

READ OUR WHITEPAPER

YOUR EMPLOYEE WELLBEING STRATEGY

CABA can support you to develop and implement a holistic employee wellbeing strategy.

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