Confusion and confinement leads to rise in stress and anxiety in home workers
|Published: 2nd December 2020 16:05|
A FAMILY-RUN Somerset organisation which helps individuals boost their professional and personal wellbeing says continued confinement during lockdown and tier restrictions is causing more stress for those who work from home (December 2020).
A study by insurer AXA revealed 27% of people in work across the UK and Europe, aged 25-34, said their mental health had deteriorated during the pandemic.
Peter Heath, co-founder of A Centre of Light Ltd, which is based in Bridgwater, Somerset, said: “When the first lockdown hit earlier this year, working from home was quite the novelty for many people, but it quickly wore off as it became apparent that the situation would last a lot longer than initially anticipated.
“People are now working from home for the foreseeable future and it is quite clear that it is having a negative impact on many. Unsurprisingly, according to the study, people are missing those close personal encounters and contact with their work colleagues.
“Research from the University of Exeter Business School and University of Leicester Business School, which was based on data from wellbeing questionnaires and weekly surveys of 835 university employees, revealed nearly one in five (17%) people reported feeling lonely, while 25.9% said that the competing demands of work and domestic duties, including childcare, had taken their toll on their wellbeing.
“There are new challenges that people working from home now face. It has become difficult for them to keep their work and home lives separate and many find themselves slipping into being always ‘on’ for work and checking emails and completing jobs outside of work hours.”
A Centre of Light offers a solution for those who are experiencing difficulties, through its De-stress Energy Programme, which is one of the key services it provides.
Employees who are going through tough times, as a result of COVID-19 related issues, are invited to sign up to the programme to see how the company can help. They can watch its introduction video here for more details https://bit.ly/3odABmO.
Peter added: “We act as a sounding board for people and listen to their concerns, as well as helping them to move forward positively with our expert guidance. We can help if you are an employee who is worried about your role and the future.”
A Centre of Light promotes values that support and encourage specialised education, growth and development, including psychic advice on business matters, careers and relationships.
A Centre of Light believes that it is seeing a rapid change in workplace culture in the aftermath of the lockdown, in favour of a greater emphasis on mental health and emotional wellbeing. This is something employees are requesting, and employers are positively adopting, as a more caring work-life relationship develops.
“We can help people achieve resilience, our steps and guideposts can prove invaluable on your journey, giving you direction and purpose whether in your work or personal life, and this is why our company strapline is: Business with a Heart®.”