There has been a dramatic increase in workers looking for side hustles or part time jobs to supplement their main source of income. Resume-Library, a U.S. based job board, has noted this change and offers some advice for employers on promoting well-being in a hustle culture.
“Since the pandemic people have begun to redefine success in more holistic terms. It’s no longer just about salary, position and promotions – it’s also about work/life balance, mental health and personal wellbeing,” says Lee Biggins, Founder and CEO of Resume-Library.
According to Mental Health America, over 50 million U.S. citizens struggle with mental health problems each year. And the financial cost of the mental health crisis is high. Depression alone costing the U.S. economy $44 billion per year in absenteeism and reduced productivity.
With inflation and rising costs of living, a side job is often necessary. But a constant focus on productivity can lead to burnout and other health problems. For employers wanting to ensure the wellbeing of their workforce, the following actions can lead to a healthier work environment and more satisfied employees. A positive work environment not only improves productivity, but helps retain the best workers.
Emphasize the Value of Personal Time
One important step in creating a healthy workplace is leading from the top. Leaders should set their own personal boundaries and protect non-work hours. Show that personal time is important, not only for those at the top, but for all employees.
Audit Business Processes
Identify things that can be automated or delegated. Embrace tools and technology that can streamline and simplify processes. By making work simpler for workers, leaders show they value employees’ time and contributions.
Recognize Signs of Burnout and Mental Health Struggles
Managers and staff members should be trained in mental wellness. In addition, policies should be in place to support workers who are experiencing problems. Spend time teaching employees the importance of self-care, and be clear that mental wellbeing is a priority at all levels.
Develop an Action Plan to Alleviate Stress
Managers should have plans in place to address mental health problems among workers. Work from home days, flexible hours and quiet rooms can be helpful for employees experiencing burnout or other mental health issues. Companies should work with individuals to develop an action plan and learn what triggers should be avoided.
Look for Additional Support Resources
Most employers with over 5,000 employees have an Employee Assistance Program (EAP). EAPs are offered by third parties and help workers to deal with a range of issues around the clock. An EAP can not only help to reduce staff absence but also improve productivity. For any mid-to-large employer, EAPs are well worth the investment.
Work Smarter, Not Harder
According to The Center for Workplace Mental Health, 80% of employees who are currently receiving treatment for mental illness report improved levels of work efficacy and satisfaction. In other words, investing in the mental wellbeing of your workforce is good business.
Struggling with stress at work? Check out our post on coping methods for work-related stress. If you’re in a leadership position and want to improve the wellbeing of your employees, read about 5 ways to be a better leader.
Resume-Library is one of the fastest growing job boards in the U.S, providing the ultimate hiring solutions for thousands of staffing agencies and employers of all sizes. With access to an entire pool of resumes belonging to talented job seekers, hiring professionals are able to headhunt the perfect candidates to fill every vacancy.