“Unrealistic expectations and conflicting priorities can make it hard to manage a healthy work-life balance, which can lead to burnout, absenteeism and turnover across teams. Creating cultures and environments that are conducive to a healthy balance is complex but there are a few practical things HR leaders can implement to optimise a healthy workplace this National Workaholics Day.

Firstly, encourage teams to take time off. Time away from work is an integral part of balanced mental wellbeing, so all staff should be maxing out their annual leave wherever possible. Ensure all staff take regular breaks throughout the day too; for example, making time for ‘micro-breaks’ (even a few minutes) at regular intervals. Not taking regular breaks can stem from unreasonable workloads so HR should encourage managers to identify signs of struggle in employees. HR and managers must take accountability for welfare and be able to determine if an employee needs to take time off.

Secondly, regularly review the workload. Encourage teams to schedule regular catch-ups to check progress and highlight blockers. Face-to-face contact has declined so calls must be scheduled so that people can make roadblocks visible.

Thirdly, by providing a suite of comprehensive solutions which cover the full spectrum of conditions, HR can help mitigate the mental health impacts of the cost of living crisis, financial worries and redundancies. A workforce with stronger mental wellbeing is more likely to have better work-life balance, reduced burnout, stronger morale and greater productivity”.