Burnout Isn't Going Away
Here is what to do
While burnout has long been a widespread workplace phenomenon, rates spiked during the pandemic. Amid lockdowns, caring responsibilities and a public-health emergency, global data shows more workers reported feeling chronic stress and exhaustion: according to a March 2021 study of 1,500 US workers by hiring platform Indeed 67 percent of respondents believed burnout had increased during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Yet, three years on, there are few signs burnout is abating. In the new world of work, large swaths of the workforce still say they are burnt out. Rates continue to climb: in a February 2023 survey of 10,243 global workers by US think-tank Future Forum, 42 percent reported burnout, its highest figure since May 2021.
In theory, flexible working arrangements would mean increased work-life balance, productivity and well-being for employees. Conversations around burnout have increased, and companies seem to be more willing to offer employees perks such as gym memberships and home-office expenses that, intuitively, should help mitigate stressors driving burnout.
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