Worker burnout hits all-time high

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Levels of mental and physical fatigue from workplace stress reached new pandemic records late last year. investigation From the Future Forum program.

State of play: Of 10,243 full-time desk-based workers surveyed in six major economies, 42% reported burnout. Define Feelings of energy depletion include negativity and increased mental distance from work, and decreased efficiency at work.

  • The latest quarterly reading is the highest since May 2021. future forum The research team first began asking people if they agreed with the opinion that they were “burned out at work.”
  • In the first survey, 38% of respondents said yes.

Zoom in: Women (46%) are more likely than men (37%) to say they are burned out.

  • Employees under 30 (48%) are more likely to feel tired than those over 30 (40%).

conspiracy: Access to “flexible” work plays a role in preventing burnout and, consequently, exhaustion.

  • Research shows that employees who are dissatisfied with their level of flexibility at work are 43% more likely to feel burnt out than their satisfied colleagues.
  • Almost all workers surveyed (93%) also want schedule flexibility, but most (56%) say they have little ability to adjust their hours.

Big picture: Executives’ and employees’ perceptions of flexibility and productivity are consistently at odds.

  • The former continues to grow delusional No matter what employees say, about employee productivity where hybrid and remote deployments are prevalent.

Survey Methodology: The survey, conducted from November 16th to December 22nd last year, surveyed 10,243 full-time desk workers in the United States, Australia, France, Germany, Japan and the United Kingdom.


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