[vc_row][vc_column][stm_spacer height=”90″ height_mobile=”-100″][vc_custom_heading source=”post_title” font_container=”tag:h4|text_align:center|color:%233f3f3f” google_fonts=”font_family:Montserrat%3Aregular%2C700|font_style:700%20bold%20regular%3A700%3Anormal”][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width=”1/6″][/vc_column][vc_column width=”2/3″][vc_single_image image=”14330″ img_size=”large” alignment=”center”][stm_separator color=”custom” style=”style_3″ custom_color=”#0d97ff” sep_width=”200px” sep_height=”10px” sep_css=”.vc_custom_1571309810608{margin-top: 20px !important;}”][vc_raw_html]JTVCRElTUExBWV9VTFRJTUFURV9TT0NJQUxfSUNPTlMlNUQ=[/vc_raw_html][vc_column_text]The World Health Organization (WHO), in 2019, has officially classified burnout as a medical condition and defined it as “a syndrome conceptualized as resulting from chronic workplace stress that has not been successfully managed.” 
In our country, tight deadlines, extended work hours, and poor relationships with colleagues or bosses contribute to the primary causes of workplace burnout. These factors have put Manila as the fifth city with the highest risk of employees experiencing burnout, according to a 2020 study.[/vc_column_text][vc_column_text]With the global pandemic forever changing the landscape of how we’re supposed to work, individuals have found themselves even more anxious in the past year and a half. The addition of new factors such as not being able to delineate work and personal life, poor physical & mental health, and job insecurity or possible unemployment, have added to their long list of worries. 
Employers hold a huge responsibility in looking after their people. The vast majority of employers in the country, or at least 85%, are looking to provide holistic wellness programs to their employees in order to efficiently manage work struggles and improve the employees’ well-being. 
We rounded up five achievable methods on how members of Human Resources can help reduce employee stress especially during this WFH era.[/vc_column_text][vc_column_text]1. Encourage employees to exercise
Living a healthy lifestyle and consistently allotting time to exercise are essential in making employees feel better about themselves. Exercising takes one’s mind off of work and activates feel good hormones known as endorphins. HR people can also initiate group workouts, offer discounts on virtual gym memberships, or invite a yoga teacher to introduce meditation.[/vc_column_text][vc_column_text]2. Ensure people take their breaks
Work breaks are put in place for people to actually take them. Encourage your employees to step away from their home office during their assigned breaks so they can take a quick breather and relax. Taking breaks improves one’s focus, concentration, and provides a mental refresh resulting in quality output at work.[/vc_column_text][vc_column_text]3. Establish virtual social activities
We used to spend at least 40 hours a week in the office. This means collaborating with their peers is done on a daily basis. Organizing virtual social activities help employees to build good relationships among their coworkers and lessens the tension they may feel during crunched work situations.[/vc_column_text][vc_column_text]4. Engage and connect with employees
By organizing talks between HR and employees, the former shall be able to understand the struggles being faced by the latter and will be able to provide helpful solutions to address their needs. Some companies, on the other hand, provide free mental health consultations so that their people would be more comfortable talking to physicians who do not fully know them.[/vc_column_text][vc_column_text]5. Elevate their confidence thru recognition
Happy and satisfied employees are more productive than peers who feel otherwise. One way to make them feel content about what they do is to honor their contributions through recognition. While we’re still in a work-from-home setup, HRs can mesh award-giving ceremonies in their virtual town hall meetings where all employees are gathered.  In return, these people will feel that they are a great fit for the role and would feel that they truly master their duties and responsibilities.[/vc_column_text][vc_column_text]During this time of difficulty brought about by the pandemic, HR people must step up in watching after their people’s mental wellness not because of what they can contribute to their company but because they deserve to be heard and be recognized.
Uploan understands this full well as it provides its partner companies with wellness programs apart from financial wellness. If you’re an employee, reach out to your HR today and see when you can book the soonest mental wellness session.[/vc_column_text][vc_raw_html]JTVCRElTUExBWV9VTFRJTUFURV9TT0NJQUxfSUNPTlMlNUQ=[/vc_raw_html][/vc_column][vc_column width=”1/6″][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row disable_element=”yes” shadow_x_offset=”0″ shadow_y_offset=”0″ shadow_blur=”0″ shadow_spread=”0″][vc_column][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text][/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]