- Searches for ‘parental burnout’ have spiked 60% in the past week alone in the UK, days after the 6 weeks summer holidays began.
- A workplace solutions and wellbeing expert has shared tips on how employers can help working parents avoid parental burnout during the school holidays.
New insight, which looks at the search trends of the past 12 months in the UK, has revealed spikes in searches for ‘parental burnout’ coinciding with key school holiday dates.
With many employees having to juggle their work/life balance more than ever now that the summer holidays have begun, workplace wellbeing expert and CEO of Officeology, Adam Butler explains:
“Any school holidays can be difficult for many working parents, but especially when it comes to the summer break. With 6 weeks off trying to juggle work and the children, it can be an overwhelming time for many.
If an employee is suffering from parental burnout at home, it can affect their performance and wellbeing at work.
Burnout of any type can lead to feeling less productive and creative, which will negatively impact performance at work. Employees may begin to struggle to complete tasks on time and even end up leaving their job or going on long-term sickness if they are suffering from burnout. The reason for this is because when someone is feeling burnt out, it affects them both physically and emotionally.
The impact this could have on businesses can include tasks not being completed to the highest standard and ultimately losing good members of staff.
However, there are a few things employers can do to help working parents avoid burnout.
Firstly, reducing the employee’s workload around the school holidays will help them to adjust to balancing work and their personal life. The last thing you want to do as an employer is cause the employee to feel even more overwhelmed by putting too much on them. Therefore, by reducing workload, it ensures the employee’s wellbeing is being looked after and can give them a sense of productivity as they feel they are able to complete their work.
Introducing flexible working policies, even if it’s just during the school holidays, will have a positive impact on performance and wellbeing. Childcare costs can be expensive, and many employees may not have family and friends close by who can help out. Therefore, by allowing a flexible working policy, it means they are able to work whilst looking after the children, giving them quality time with their families as well as being able to give full focus to their work at a time that is best for them.
Employers can also encourage a more relaxed Monday to enhance wellbeing and productivity within their teams. ‘No-meeting Mondays’ or allowing employees to block out focus time are just some of the small changes that can make a big difference to people’s wellbeing and ability to not become overwhelmed at work.
Providing additional support, such as childcare benefits and services, is also key to helping employees during the summer holidays. Whether it be financial help with childcare costs, or providing an in-house creche at the office, this can really help working parents to manage.
Finally, If an employee raises issues of burnout, the employer should be accommodating and let the employee take time off as soon as possible. This is beneficial for the long-term, as it gives the employee the chance to begin the process of feeling better before it worsens.”