Work performance affected by issues like health, personal life and finances… A new survey has revealed that more than 85% of employees say their work performance is affected by issues outside of the workplace.
The research conducted by Canada Life Group Insurance revealed that employees’ work productivity was impacted upon by issues like health, finances and personal life.
Of the 1,000 workers interviewed, the most common complaint for reduced levels of productivity was a lack of sleep with 68% saying this was a problem. 40% of those interviewed highlighted personal problems as the key issue affecting their work performance. A quarter of the respondents reported that financial concerns led them to feeling overwhelmed while at work. Just 15% claimed that they had no external worries that would unduly distract them from carrying out their work duties in an efficient manner.
The survey also revealed that employees are feeling under more pressure and struggling to cope with the demands of their jobs. 30% said they didn’t even take a lunch break and instead snacked at their desks while one in six of those questioned in the survey admitted that they were unable to manage their personal affairs, for example paying bills, when they were outside of the work environment.
Another area that impacted on the employees interviewed was the commute to work with 16% saying they often arrived late due to difficulties with traffic and transport while 10% said their commute had a significant effect on their energy levels. The solution, according to 65% of employees, would be to have the option to work more flexible hours so that they could have more scope to manage their personal lives and resolve the issues causing them stress.
Canada Life Group Insurance urged employers to deal with the root problem of employee stress before the issue “spiralled into long term absence.”
Paul Avis, marketing director at Canada Life warned:
“The increased pressure on employees may eventually limit the productivity and efficiency of the business.
“Employers can help to manage work-induced stress by ensuring that they have mechanisms in place with which to deal with deadlines and workloads.
“Similarly, there are ways of helping employees to deal with personal problems, possibly something as simple as offering flexibility around working hours to help them through a difficult time.”