“None of the researched experiences of well-being at work have improved. At best, the decline has leveled off over the past couple of years. The results are not much cause for joy. The incidence of work burnout and loneliness is decreasing, which has increased for many, both of which bring significant societal challenges,” says Jari HakanenResearch professor at the Institute of Occupational Health.
The risk of work burnout has increased especially for women, as approximately one in four employees belongs to the burnout risk group. This means around 625,000 workers are at increased risk of burnout, with one in three experiencing severe symptoms.
The study also highlights the different development of work well-being in hybrid and remote work environments. Although hybrid work was initially considered the best way to promote well-being, the differences have evened out. Remote work can save time and resources, but can lead to boredom and a decrease in meaningfulness.
Loneliness is more common among young workers and increases especially among men and telework. Every third remote worker now experiences loneliness.
The study emphasizes workplaces investing in employee well-being and developing working conditions in cooperation with employees. This includes increasing opportunities for on-the-job learning, fostering a sense of community and avoiding unreasonable expectations or demands on employees.
“Workplaces can contribute a lot to the well-being of employees. This is done by developing working conditions in cooperation with employees. This can mean increasing learning opportunities at work and maintaining a sense of community. We do our best to avoid unreasonable expectations or demands on employees,” says Specialist Researcher Janne Kaltiainen.
In summary, the study highlights the need to address the challenges of work burnout and loneliness in the workforce and offers insights into improving the well-being of employees in different work environments.
Source: The Nordic Page