Small but Meaningful Steps Can Increase Employee Mental Health, Well-Being

May 11, 2023 | From HRCalifornia Extra

By Katie Culliton, Editor, CalChamber

“Bare minimum Monday” is the latest TikTok-influenced career trend — where workers “ease into the work week by prioritizing self-care over productivity on Mondays.” It’s similar to last year’s “quiet quitting” and “acting your wage,” where employees only do their job as it’s written and for the designated pay versus going above and beyond. Quiet quitting went so viral that Gallup found quiet quitters make up at least 50 percent of the U.S. workforce.

These popular viral trends indicate that more employees are experiencing burnout — an occupational phenomenon driven by a chronic imbalance between job demands and job resources that often correlates with anxiety and depression, which are potential predictors of broader mental health challenges. Studies back these high levels of burnout in the workforce, as 46 percent of employees responding to an Eagle Hill Consulting survey say they’re burnt out from their jobs.

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