Sixty percent of employees in Ireland are feeling more stressed since the onset of Covid-19, with 67% of women reporting increased levels of stress compared with 45% of men.
This is according to a new survey of 590 employees and business leaders in Ireland by the Department of Work and Employment Studies at the Kemmy Business School, University of Limerick, on behalf of OMT Global.
Almost half (49%) of women find it difficult to balance work and home life compared with 35% of men. Thirty seven percent of Senior Managers actually reported that employee quality of life was better since the onset of Covid-19.
Over half (51%) of all employees reported feeling less connected to their teams. This is supported by managers, 50% of whom report that their employees feel less connected to their teams. Employees and managers express concerns that the social aspect of work will significantly diminish going forward impacting team motivation, engagement and, critically, the opportunities to collaborate that are vital to meeting the commercial challenges business face right now.
Furthermore, 48% of managers reported that employees are disconnected from the organisation. Managers also highlighted their own need for support on how to manage wellbeing of their team members as they seek tools and techniques to help enhance wellbeing, motivation and morale.
The findings indicate a clear preference for blended working arrangements in the future with 69% of employees indicating that they would prefer a blend of working from home and being onsite. Eighty six percent of Managers also recognised that this is the option that their employees want. Sixty one percent of employees however are concerned about their safety in returning to the workplace.
Commenting on the research, Chief Executive of OMT Global, Mark Doyle said, "The findings from the survey are a wake-up call for senior leaders as the stress levels being experienced by employees, particularly female employees - are not sustainable. We are in danger of seeing employee burnout in the very near future, potentially eroding the huge strides made in improving female participation and progression in Irish workforces. The fact that employees are feeling increasingly disconnected from their teams and their organisations is also of great concern."
He added, "Leaders need to get real about the impact that Covid-19 is having on their workforce, and they need to engage directly with employees to better understand how they can be supported during these exceptional times."