A fast-paced life, technology and an increasing job pressure have already started taking a toll on the general health of the people, and the traditional nine-to-five job is all set to take a nose-dive in most of the corporates. But, managers are now concerned that being in the office loop beyond the set working hours can lead to a quick burnout.
Too much workaholic employees are becoming a grave concern for companies, and to fix this, organisations are actively tracking employee leave and holiday that they opt to take during the entire course of their work schedule.
Companies like Adobe, Genpact, PWC, ThomasCook, MindTree and LemonTree Hotels that have practically 24×7 working hours are actively tracking employee leave and holiday usage, offering to counsel and encouraging extra-curricular activities to help them disconnect from their workload.
For example, an employee at a particular organisation who has the habit of always putting in extra hours at work was asked to take leave for a few days by the management. Of late, workaholics are essentially becoming a matter of concern for their employers.
Lifestyle expert Ray Titus says that workaholics become socially and emotionally disconnected because they are too much focused on only one thing. This gradually leads to a cessation in familial connections and has an adverse impact on their psychological and physiological health.
Pankaj Bansal, CEO, PeopleStrong opines that while every company wants its employees to be productive, workaholics become a ‘liability’ after a certain point. He also said that companies should provide proper coaching to such employees and ensure that they can strike a good work-life balance.
On the other hand, some companies are doing just the same. At Thomas Cook India, employees’ attendance is always being monitored and staff who are seen to be putting in extended hours at work, are being counselled, though not a mandate. On the other hand, the company also does not allow leave accumulation and makes sure that employees consume a maximum of their leaves by the end of the year.
At Genpact, managers keep a close eye on team members who tend to overwork and encourages them to take regular breaks. Genpact’s ‘Fun at Work’ initiative sees many employees getting involved in games and other extra-curricular activities.
Psychologists say the cases of workaholics are on the rise. According to Ekta Soni, a psychologist and a psychiatrist at Indraprastha Apollo Hospital in Delhi, it is when this severe stress results in physical manifestations that people turn to professional help. She says that to deal with work stress, a complete digital detox is essential such as a yoga session or a minimum 30 minutes’ of the workout.
According to Adobe’s ‘The Future of Work’ study, released earlier this year, 83% of the 500 Indian employees surveyed said they were happy with their work while 44% stated that they were overwhelmed with it.
In a survey by travel company Yatra last year, 55% of individuals surveyed said they check work related emails at least once a day while 17% stated that they are hooked to their phones while on holiday.
According to Abdul Jaleel, vice-president, people resources at Adobe, ultimately it all boils down to the concept of employee experience. The company has adopted a progressive policy of offering sabbaticals to its employees who have completed five years with the organisation. The ‘off ’ time increases in direct proportion to the number of years an employee completes at the organisation.
In an urge to make money and lead a life of luxury, several professionals are turning into workaholics which is ultimately affecting their health. Therefore, every organisation should consider treating their workaholic employees with much concern.
Source: Times of India