New Ways Of Working By Deveshi Malhotra
A global study conducted by Oracle proves that 78 per cent of the workforce feel that the pandemic has negatively impacted their mental health.
The COVID-19 pandemic has not only impacted the whole world tremendously, but the period of complexity also brought with it a wave of fundamental changes everyone had to adjust to. New ways of working, mainly ‘Work from home has become the new normal. This supposed short term change has now transformed into an entire workforce transition.
A global study conducted by Oracle proves that 78 per cent of the workforce feel that the pandemic has negatively impacted their mental health. Employees are battling everyday workplace stressors which include pressure to meet performance standards, tedious tasks, and unmanageable workloads. This has eventually led to an employee mental health crisis.
While interactions with colleagues and accessing work-related documents shifted online, these changes ultimately seemed too overwhelming, causing burnout and personality change. In the previous year, this model has heightened employee stress, anxiety, and pressure which ultimately makes it ineffective for them as well as the organisation. The inability to disconnect and massive change in work-life balance leads to isolation and fatigue. Not all employees are self-motivated, which makes self-worth issues and imposter syndrome common among them, as they start to feel that they are not being as productive and efficient as they should be.
Additionally, it is imperative to take out ‘Me-time’ from one’s schedule as it can avoid burnout. Moreover, one should invest in personal skill development and focus on having a growth mindset, which will enable one to adjust to a rapidly changing world. Starbucks and Target have been providing special emotional and mental health programs for their workforce due to the outbreak. PepsiCo provides support programmes to help employees to ‘Be well, Find Balance and Get Involved’. Social support of this kind helps them adapt to change, relieve pressure, and maintain a proper work life balance due to the flexible and hybrid approach.
Despite the negatives, these transitions have brought about several benefits such as improved inclusivity, increased productivity as well as performance, and autonomy.
The author is Deveshi Malhotra.
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