A staggering 80 percent of hybrid workers have experienced workplace anxiety since the onset of the pandemic, according to recent research from Fora, London’s leading premium workspace provider.

This alarming statistic underscores a significant challenge for employers as workplace anxiety continues to contribute to the UK’s declining productivity.

In 2023, the average hybrid worker missed six days of work due to workplace anxiety, resulting in over 28 million lost workdays across the nation. This not only affects individual well-being but also has a profound impact on business performance and the overall economy.

Leading workplace behaviour psychologist Dr. Craig Knight offers six actionable tips for employers looking to support their employees and reduce lost work time:

  1. Create an Enriched Environment: Incorporating elements like art and thoughtful interior design can significantly enhance the workplace atmosphere, making it more conducive to well-being and productivity.
  2. Offer Diverse Workspaces: Recognising that not all work can be accomplished in the same manner, providing a variety of spaces to suit different work styles is crucial.
  3. Listen to Employees: Engaging with employees and considering their feedback in decision-making processes fosters a supportive and inclusive work environment.
  4. Embrace Recharging Spaces: Having designated areas where employees can relax and recharge, especially after intense meetings, can boost overall productivity.
  5. Monitor for Anxiety Signs: Being vigilant about signs of workplace anxiety, which can spike after holidays or around significant deadlines, helps in addressing issues promptly.

Jennie Farmer, Chief Marketing Officer at Fora, emphasises the importance of addressing workplace anxiety: “We know that workplace anxiety is a pressing issue in today’s professional landscape. Our polling results serve as a reminder that our working environment needs to do more than offer a desk and chair – it needs to support our employees’ well-being. At Fora, we’re driven by the belief that when people feel empowered by their work environment, they deliver their best work. By offering workplace experiences that cater to the needs of modern workers, we’re laying the foundations for a happier, more productive workforce.”

The findings from Fora highlight an urgent need for employers to rethink their workplace strategies, ensuring they foster environments that support mental health and well-being. As companies continue to navigate the post-pandemic landscape, prioritising these aspects will be key to sustaining productivity and employee satisfaction.

 

 

 

 

Amelia Brand is the Editor for HRreview, and host of the HR in Review podcast series. With a Master’s degree in Legal and Political Theory, her particular interests within HR include employment law, DE&I, and wellbeing within the workplace. Prior to working with HRreview, Amelia was Sub-Editor of a magazine, and Editor of the Environmental Justice Project at University College London, writing and overseeing articles into UCL’s weekly newsletter. Her previous academic work has focused on philosophy, politics and law, with a special focus on how artificial intelligence will feature in the future.