The COVID-19 pandemic and the looming impact of Brexit have placed many organisations under unprecedented financial pressures. These pressures have sent managers into a tailspin of frenzied activity; how do you prioritise when everything is a priority? The result is to be the proverbial busy fool; working exceptionally long hours with no breaks, but never seeming to achieve anything.
This is clearly unsustainable: work-related stress, depression and anxiety have rocketed in the last year, with 828,000 workers affected and 17.9m working days lost.
There’s unlikely to be a large injection of cash to fund an increased workforce, so to safeguard organisations – and our health - we need to learn how to work smarter, not harder. But there’s no quick fix: we have to put the tools in place that allow us to share the burden and keep people productive without overloading them to the point of burnout.