Experts say leaving work on time on a daily basis is part of being able to have a healthy work/life balance. In today's work culture, presenteeism - where employees are present and engaged in their work at all times - has become a serious issue.
A 2019 survey conducted by the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) in the UK found presenteeism has been on the rise since 2010. Data from the Office of National Statistics (ONS) also revealed many people are working an extra 30 minutes every week compared to 10 years ago. Working extra hours or staying late at the office is making people less productive, according to researchers who urge people to leave work on time as it is the healthier option.
"Despite millions being spent across the globe on employee engagement, we’re seeing little improvement, yet the simple act of creating a culture where employees can leave work on time, could have a major impact and is often overlooked," Amrit Sandhar, founder of The Engagement Coach, told a news portal. Adding, "Although contracted hours may state one thing, the guilt that some employees face when it’s time for them to go home, as senior leaders peer over their glasses and glance at the time, can create a culture that says 'you shouldn’t be leaving yet if you are committed and dedicated to the organisation'. And many employees plough on with consequences to their home life."
Recently, the World Health Organisation (WHO) has recognised burnout has a serious mental health condition. "Burn-out is a syndrome conceptualized as resulting from chronic workplace stress that has not been successfully managed," according to WHO. "It is characterized by three dimensions: 1) feelings of energy depletion or exhaustion; 2) increased mental distance from one’s job, or feelings of negativism or cynicism related to one’s job; and 3) reduced professional efficacy," the organisation further stated.
Constantly working could also have a huge impact on personal relationships, as well as cause you to lose your creativity."Staying late occasionally when there’s a big project or a crisis is reasonable," Felicity Dwyer, a Life Coach Directory member, told news portal. Adding, "But if you are regularly working beyond your contracted hours, this is likely [to] have a negative impact on other aspects of your life, particularly your mental and physical health, and relationships."
Dwyer further explained: "The brain needs time to switch off and recharge, we simply cannot be mentally active all the time. Creative thinking comes out of a quiet mind, and this means taking time away from work, ideally with our emails and social media switched off."
Experts urge the public to leave work on time, especially if they need to improve on their mental health and relationships with people.