The challenge for many organizations, especially those with a higher proportion of front-line workers, is to find ways of providing employees with a greater degree of flexibility in when, where, and how they do their work. With many employees redefining their priorities as a result of the pandemic, this will be a key aspect of retaining talent in the future.
Lingering Effects on Employee Health and Wellbeing
Another global change in employee survey responses was an overall decline in workload scores, which measures whether employees feel the amount of work they’re responsible for is reasonable or a cause of stress—which can contribute to higher levels of burnout risk.
The prolonged nature of the pandemic and challenging circumstances faced by many—particularly on the front lines—appear to be taking a toll on employee wellbeing. Similarly, employees working from home are often working longer hours as a result of the pandemic, with many struggling to balance personal and professional obligations.
Some sectors, including healthcare, higher education, and nonprofit, face the challenge of balancing employee commitment with overall health and wellbeing. This is highlighted by the fact employees in these sectors rank at the top of the table for meaningful work, while also ranking toward the bottom for other engagement drivers such as workload and environment.
In 2022 and beyond, many organizations will need to focus on reducing levels of burnout, while also creating the conditions for sustainable levels of employee performance in the long term.
To learn more about the state of engagement in 2022 and which aspects of the employee experience need to be prioritized in your industry, download the “Employee Expectations Report 2022.”