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Over 50% of UK workforce in favour of a ‘festive lockdown’ to protect their mental health

26th November 2021

Nearly three-quarters of those who responded to a survey conducted by Hack Future Lab described themselves as being at ‘breaking point’, with 53% of respondents saying they would welcome a two-week ‘lockdown’ over the festive period to recharge their batteries and protect their mental health.

This is a clear indication that many employees have struggled with the return to the office and would welcome a wind-down over the festive period, where they would be able to work from home and benefit from the flexibility that comes with it.

The results of the study, which involved 900 managers and 1,200 employees, comes a week after London-based firm Finncap announced that, from the 1st of January 2022, their employees will be able to take “unlimited holiday” in order to prevent them “burning out” and preserve their mental health.

Financial information and analysis firm, S&P Global, will also be implementing a similar well-being initiative to encourage its staff to recharge.

75% of those who took part in the survey reported having been “running on empty” since returning to the workplace in July.

CEO of Hack Future Lab, Terence Mauri, explained what the return to the office has meant for some workers in the UK.

For some employees, he explains, it has led to “high staff absences and [higher] employer expectations” which has placed “a great strain” on employees, “resulting in increased stress and bigger, often double, workloads”.

Consequently, he is not surprised by the findings of the study and what they highlight about mental health.

“For a considerable number of people … [the return to the office] and the nine-to-five has not been easy”, he added.

He stressed the importance of the need for employers to take the findings seriously stating:

“The results of our research indicate a worrying reflection of the times and the government and employers across Britain must take urgent action to protect [the mental health of] UK workers before it is too late.”

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