It's official: HR professionals are finally burnt out

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of HR professionals have felt burned out at work in the past six months

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of HR professionals are open to leaving their jobs

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of HR professionals do not feel valued in their organization

They’re the unsung heroes of the Great Resignation, but who’s looking after HR?

98% of HR professionals have felt burned out at work in the past six months

A new Workvivo study has shown that the majority of HR professionals are now struggling with burnout and chronic fatigue at work.

After helping people in their organisations to get through the pandemic and initial Great Resignation, burnout is beginning to take hold.

88% of HR professionals have dreaded work in the past six months

HR professionals are the gatekeepers of our culture. They are the bridge between employer and employee.

Our recent study showed that 88% of HR professionals dreaded work in the past six months, telling us that our superhuman HR professionals are only human after all.

 

78% of HR professionals are open to leaving their jobs

The Great Resignation has now begun to permeate all levels of organizations, including those in HR.

After a difficult two years, it’s time to ask ourselves: who is looking after the HR people?

How did we get here?
The 100-Year History of HR

It’s hard to imagine a time where HR simply ceased to exist, given the fundamental role HR professionals have played in helping their organizations navigate the pandemic.

The Industrial Revolution, beginning in the late 18th century, marked the real advent of the employer-employee relationship, as labor moved from the agricultural (farmers) to the industrial (factories with large workforces).

Working conditions were poor and fed up workers moved to a direct (and sometimes violent) form of protest. Many employers stubbornly resisted calls for improved labor conditions, but something needed to change.

Some companies began looking for ways to improve relations with their employees, setting the initial wheels of HR in motion. This was accelerated by World War I as labor demand exploded.

From that moment on, HR has been woven into the fabric of nearly every major event and successful company in history.

The Great Resignation

2 in 5 people said they were less happy in their jobs in 2021 than in 2020

As we Zoom past the second-year anniversary of the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Great Resignation shows no signs of slowing down.

Research we commissioned at the end of 2021 showed:

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of people plan to leave their jobs in 2022

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are less happy in their jobs than they were last year

1 in 3

report a negative workplace culture and environment

One thing is certain: poor workplace cultures are doing irreparable damage.

Great Resignation now affecting HR roles

97% of HR professionals have felt emotionally fatigued from work over the past year

The decline in workplace cultures with the onset of the pandemic and subsequent Great Resignation led to more work for HR professionals, more stress, more resignations, harder recruitment.

They carried the water for every organisation.

Now, they are experiencing chronic fatigue and considering leaving their jobs.

HR Professionals have felt undervalued for years

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of HR professionals feel valued in their organization

1 in 2

HR professionals feel like their organization does not support HR

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of HR professionals say that office politics are disrupting the workplace

“One thing I’ve noticed during my working life is that people who have a background in HR rarely make an appearance on company boards. If they do, it is generally post a corporate indiscretion or incident.”

Workvivo’s Gillian French discusses the underrepresentation
of HR professionals on corporate boards.

Read the full column here.

Show your HR hero you value them

What’s fuelling the Great Resignation in HR?

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of HR professionals say they have the resources they need to do their job

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of HR professionals say they don’t have the tools they need to carry out their job effectively

Employee experience is more than a buzzword – it could be the most important factor in your company’s success

Companies that take their people for granted will suffer an uninspiring workplace experience

If you work at a company that doesn’t value your wellbeing, your risk of depression increases by 300%.

A study by MIT Sloan showed ‘toxic corporate culture’ as the top predictor for employee turnover.

It’s never been more important to create a company culture where you get the best out of your people by amplifying the emotional connection they have to the business.

What is an Employee App?

An employee app is any app that makes work easier for your employees

Building a positive culture and employee experience takes time and active, concerted effort, but there is one thing you can do to begin improving employee experience right away: use an employee app.

6 Benefits of Using an Employee Experience App

  1. Give every employee a voice by promoting open communications, employee feedback and letting your people feel heard

  2. Easily measure and capture employee engagement metrics

  3. Get the best out of your people by rewarding and recognising great work

  4. Provide the tools your team need for effective collaboration

  5. Retain and attract the best talent by amplifying the emotional connection people have to the business

  6. Create the company culture you’ve always dreamed of

Introducing Workvivo

Bringing employee communications to life for
over 1 million users every day

Workvivo is the employee experience app that brings your entire company together.

With Workvivo, your people feel more connected to each other, collaborate more effectively, and better understand your company’s mission and values.

This results in remote and in-office employees who are more engaged, motivated to succeed, and likely to stay at your company for longer.

At Workvivo, we’ve built an employee app suitable for the future of work, designed to be your internal communications tool, company intranet, and social network all in one, with an amazing digital experience.

Create the company culture you’ve always dreamed of

The world’s best companies choose Workvivo, here’s why

Before & After Workvivo

Your HR hero before Workvivo

Your HR hero after Workvivo

Company Culture before Workvivo

Company Culture after Workvivo

Employee Sense of Belonging before Workvivo

Employee Sense of Belonging after Workvivo

Workvivo is the highest-rated employee communications app globally

How Workvivo Helped Stanford Navigate the New World of Work

“I would certainly highly recommend Workvivo. We’re going to be in partnership for a long time, so I’m very happy.”

- Carmen Allison, CHRO @ Hoover (Stanford)

The Problem

The Hoover Institution is a non-profit think tank within Stanford University. Prior to the pandemic, it was a traditional organization with little need for remote work.

They needed a tool that would not only allow its employees to work effectively and productively from home, but also help them to hold on to the organization’s culture and personality.

The Solution

The Hoover team put together an RFP for a workplace solution and sent it to 20 companies that were considered to be the best in the business, but there was one clear winner.

In 2020, the Hoover Institution launched HooverHub, its own fully branded Workvivo environment.

The Simplicity
of Onboarding Workvivo

Carmen and her colleagues were happy with how organically Workvivo grew within their institution:

“We just let HooverHub (Workvivo) have a grassroots kind of feel to it. We had some structure of what we wanted to do with department pages and info, but the community aspect is really (organic).”

Organic Adoption
of Workvivo

“We wanted to put our personality on it. We didn’t want to make a thousand decisions like you have to make on a custom home. We’re not experts on any of this, and wanted a product like Workvivo. I hate to say a plug and play, but it was pretty iPhone easy (to set up).”

Carmen Allison (CHRO @ Hoover Institution at Stanford)

Success

“It’s very heartwarming to see people passionate and being able to share their passion at work.”

- Carmen Allison, CHRO @ Hoover (Stanford)

Want to learn more about the Hoover Institution’s experience with Workvivo? Watch the full interview with Carmen here.

Take the first step in creating the culture you’ve always dreamed of