Burnout Rates Above 90% According To New Survey

Posted August 30, 2019 by Mary McGinley

There can be many reasons why today’s workers are experiencing burnout. According to a recent article by Valerie Bolden-Barrett on the HR Dive website, senior managers and workers disagree what the main reason for employee burnout comes down to.

In a recent survey conducted by Accountemps and reported by Robert Half, while the US is currently at almost full employment, 96% of senior managers believe that their team members are experiencing worker burnout, while 91% of workers said that they are feeling at least the beginning of burnout.

The main reason for burnout cited by managers in order were career stagnation, constant interruptions, toxic culture, and dated technology as contributing factors.

The workers themselves, on the other hand, tended to see it a little differently citing career stagnation, unmanageable workloads, a toxic culture and dated technology as all contributing to why they were feeling burned out in their current position and within their organizations.

Accountemps senior executive director Michael Steinitz recently suggested in a press release that managers can help the situation by identifying those responsibilities that can either be reassigned or put on hold as a way to alleviate worker stress and feelings of burnout. If necessary, Steinitz suggests bringing in temporary work professionals to help assist with completing projects and day-to-day tasks. “Companies that don’t take steps to prevent employee burnout could drive top performers away and find themselves in a bigger pinch,” Steinitz said.

To ignore the problem of burnout can mean higher rates of absenteeism, increased healthcare costs and lowered productivity. The problem has gotten serious enough that the World Health Organization (WTO) has declared worker burnout as an official “occupational phenomenon.”