Employee burnout is top of mind for many employers as the pandemic continues into 2021. Building resilience in workforces, especially during a crisis, includes both mental health and financial health, according to experts.
"I'm such a big believer of the connection between financial stress and general stress, physical health and mental health, and also the connection between employees' stress, and how it affects productivity and performance," Arianna Huffington, founder and CEO of Thrive Global said during a Jan. 28 webinar hosted by Even discussing the future of HR and the role of HR leaders in de-stressing the workforce.
An October 2020 report by Reward Gateway found that 71% of HR professionals surveyed across the U.K., U.S. and Australia said 2020 has been the most stressful year of their career.
An HR leader is "usually the one who's running around, trying to make sure everybody else is taken care of," said Telvin Jeffries, a former chief human resources officer at Kohl’s who moderated the discussion. HR leaders sometimes neglect their own needs, Jefferies said. And if senior leadership doesn’t set an example of self care, then "everyone else doesn't think they have that permission to actually take care of themselves," he said.