One third of professionals feel they are not coping

A THIRD of professionals feel they are not coping and half do not have a good work-life balance, according to new Channel Islands research.

(Stock photo by iStock/PA)
(Stock photo by iStock/PA)

Just under a fifth of those surveyed for the research also said they would not recommend their organisation as a great place to work.

The survey was completed by 691 individuals – 192 in Guernsey and 499 in Jersey – and consisted of 95 questions based on the three areas of self, team and organisation.

Interviews were also conducted with industry and wellbeing leaders and the research analysed to produce a wellbeing report by Marbral Advisory and We Talk Wellbeing.

Within the ‘self’ category, 32% reported a perception of not coping while 49% did not feel they have a work-life balance. Meanwhile, 31% were not positive about their future at work in the wake of Covid-19 and 63% cited ‘work’ as one of their primary causes of stress, anxiety and poor wellbeing.

At an organisation level, 29% of respondents were ‘not sure’ or ‘did not agree’ that the organisation they worked for took action to prevent harm to employees from abuse, harassment, discrimination and violence.

And 17% of those surveyed would not recommend their organisation as a great place to work.

Out of that 17%, 87% did not feel valued at work and 70% felt that employee wellbeing was not part of their organisation’s mission, vision and/or business objectives.

Just over half (53%) said the importance of employee health and wellbeing was consistently reflected in senior leaders’ actions. But 43% did not believe that senior leadership reinforced the importance of taking regular breaks and ensuring a healthy work-life balance.

‘Organisations that are “well” perform better and there is extensive research correlating positive wellbeing with high-performing organisations,’ said Jenny Winspear, consultant and product lead at Marbral Advisory.

‘If the Channel Islands are to keep up with the UK and other jurisdictions in sourcing and retaining talent, focusing on wellbeing cannot be overlooked.’

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