More than half of people working in the social care sector are on the brink of burnout, a new study has revealed.
The research by independent job board CV-Library found that 51.6% of social care professionals feel exhausted and suffer from headaches, while 48.4% have trouble sleeping.
In a poll of 2,000 UK professionals, two thirds (64.5%) of people working in the social care sector said they are on the brink of burnout, with a resounding 88.5% stating that work is the main contributing factor.
When asked what causes them the most anxiety at work, 48.4% said it was having to work long hours, 32.3% blamed demanding colleagues and 32.3% said it was an excessively high workload.
Over a quarter (29%) said having to meet unrealistic targets was the main cause of anxiety, while 22.6% blamed demanding clients.
Lee Biggins, founder and CEO of CV-Library, said: “While some professionals thrive on keeping busy, it shouldn’t get to a point where they’re feeling exhausted or struggling to sleep; and as an employer, you have a duty of care towards your team.
“Be sure to create an open channel of communication so employees know they can come to you with any concerns they may have about their workload. Nowadays, addressing mental health and prioritising the wellbeing of employees is crucial for organisations; particularly when it comes to attracting, recruiting and retaining the best workers.”
The study also shows that the majority (74.2%) of workers in the industry worry about letting their team down if they’re unwell, with a further 61.3% fearing that they’ll disappoint their employer.
Biggins continued: “The stress epidemic is becoming a serious issue in the UK and isn’t set to disappear any time soon. But that’s why employers need to understand how to tackle it and support employees in the workplace. Any company can offer a competitive salary, but only a few can offer an environment that truly prioritises the wellbeing of its teams.
“We know that there’s a massive staff shortage in the social care sector, so attracting and retaining top talent is very important.”