Your staff could be in danger of burnout - but are you doing enough to help them?

A survey by employee benefits platform Perkbox has revealed that work is the most common cause of stress for those in the hospitality industry (64 per cent).

Yet few bosses are doing anything to help, with the survey of 3,000 workers also revealing that 64 per cent of workplaces do not offer anything to alleviate this.

This is despite the fact that more than one in four (27 per cent) struggle to be as productive at work when stressed, and 30 per cent find it difficult to concentrate as a result.

 

 

Almost one in 10 will even turn to calling in sick due to stress.

In the hospitality trade one in five workers admit to looking for a new job in a bid to alleviate stress.

Chieu Cao, co-founder at Perkbox, said: "Considering the fact that many of the employees in the hospitality industry will be liaising with customers on a daily basis, it is particularly ironic to see that over half of workers in this industry say their bosses do not do offer anything to help them alleviate stress levels.

"This can have hugely damaging effects on morale, productivity and sickness absence – all of which ultimately contribute to a company's overall success - and it is important for bosses to recognise the contribution that work makes to employee stress levels."

He added simple measures to reduce stress include flexible working, considering requests to work from home from time to time, or enforcing 1-2-1s with managers, to allow employees to discuss concerns and motivations.

Other ways include gym membership, exercise classes, discounted or complimentary counselling and mental health services and even spa vouchers."

 

Industries least likely to offer measures to help staff deal with stress

1. Hospitality – 64%
2. Leisure industry – 63%
3. Transport - 55%
4. Trades (e.g. plumbing, construction) – 54%
5. Health and education (joint) – 45%