In the lingering wake of the pandemic, many organizations continue to struggle with business challenges for which they rely on HR to take the lead or help address: shifting company cultures, new hybrid work models, worker demands for greater flexibility, heightened attrition, and stiff competition for new talent.
Because burnout (and its attendant ill effects on engagement, motivation, absenteeism, productivity, and more) is widely impacting employees outside the HR function, too, increased needs for mental health and wellness interventions have become pressing. In turn, company leaders look to HR for solutions to those challenges as well.
Stopping the Vicious Cycle
Talent expert Gillian French, whose firm fielded the HR survey, told Forbes, “HR and internal communications are tasked with taking care of employees and ensuring that everybody else feels appreciated, recognized and healthy in the workplace. These professionals should also feel this in order to create a healthier workplace and solve internal issues.”
What can organizations—and HR professionals, themselves—do to help relieve burnout? Although there are no easy fixes to such a serious situation, here are some suggestions that may aid in reducing stress levels in HR (and companywide):