How to retain employees and prevent burnout

29 Sep 2021


As the economy begins to recover and the world continues to adapt to the new normal, how are employees feeling about their current job?

While the focus for leaders has been economic recovery, the post-pandemic workplace is driving employees to reconsider their priorities.

With an increased focus on personal wellbeing over the last 18 months, companies are at risk of losing their best talent as millions of workers plan to change jobs and put their health at the forefront of their decision.

This employee exodus would come at a cost of £48.2bn to UK businesses, as they seek to recruit new talent on an already volatile economic backdrop.

Westfield Health asked 1,500 people from across the UK about their attitudes to job changes, mental health and burnout.

Key findings include:

  • 16 million workers plan to change jobs in the next six months, at a cost of £48.2bn to UK businesses.
  • 59% say mental health is driving them to change jobs.
  • 83% of employees would stay if their employer made some changes.
  • 62% of employees admit they’ve been working more hours since the start of the pandemic, totalling 8.7bn hours.
  • Over half the workforce (51%) feels they’re less than a month away from burnout.
  • 47% of all employees consider flexibility to be more important to them than before the pandemic.

This report explores what’s causing so many people to consider changing jobs and how employers can improve their working conditions to prevent a talent drain in the UK workforce.

Explore how employees are feeling about their current roles and what is the driving force behind many people considering looking for alternative work here 

In conjunction with Westfield Health, St Helens Chamber have developed Chamber Health specifically for Members to provide a choice of cover to suit any business. The health plan has been developed to meet your needs as well as providing the benefits most popular with employees.

For more information or to join Chamber Health, please contact the Membership team on 01744 742125 or email, and we will arrange for a specialist Adviser to call or visit and provide you with more details.