Every year, millions of Americans face the reality of living with a mental illness. May is Mental Health Awareness Month — an opportunity to fight the stigma surrounding mental health, educate people and advocate for policies that help people with mental health issues.
And that's why we're using this platform to talk about something very important - the mental health of HR professionals across the globe.
According to a recent study conducted by Workvivo, 98% of HR professionals have felt burnout in the past six months, with 88% dreading work. Today, 78% of HR professionals are open to leaving their jobs because of the toll that it's taking on their mental health.
HR professionals have been on the front lines since the start of the Covid-19 pandemic, ensuring business-as-usual, maintaining the various HR functions, and dealing with challenges and responsibilities they weren't prepared for. All that additional work amid a global crisis has taken a toll on HR professionals worldwide. In fact, according to research, 67% of People professionals said that the increased unexpected workload is one of the key factors behind their exhaustion.
But that's not all. HR teams are also facing hiring and retention challenges because of The Great Resignation. With people quitting in large numbers, they are under extreme pressure to process exits and quickly hire new talent to fill the gaps.
Further, the shift to remote and hybrid work has made HR much more complex. Not only do HR teams have to help their workforce with the transition, but they must also be able to adapt the various HR functions to support a hybrid/remote work environment.
HR leaders are tasked with supporting the mental and emotional health of employees across business units. However, finding the space and resources to tend to their own emotional wellness is challenging. When HR professionals are experiencing burnout, they are not getting the support they need and are not in the space to help other employees do their jobs effectively.
And so, to help HR teams deal with burnout, we've listed out a few valuable tips:
And that's all our tips!