It’s time for U.S. employers to recalibrate their employees’ workloads. New national research from Eagle Hill Consulting reveals a majority of U.S. employees (58%) say they are burnt out, up from 45 percent in the early days of the COVID-19 pandemic. The leading cause? Nearly half attribute burnout to their workload.
This level of burnout poses a risk to companies’ bottom lines, and burnout could continue to rise as the pandemic lingers.
Burnout is on the rise amid the COVID-19 pandemic
Among employees who report burnout, more than 1 in 3 (35%) say it is attributable to the COVID-19 pandemic, up from 25%.
What are the leading causes of employee burnout?
attribute burnout to their workload.
say it’s balancing work and their personal life.
indicate it stems from a lack of communication, feedback, and support.
point to time pressures and a lack of clarity around expectations.
say it’s performance expectations.
“Employers have got to find a way to make workloads sustainable for employees. Otherwise, companies risk harming their bottom line and brand.”
Melissa Jezior, President and CEO of Eagle Hill Consulting
These findings are contained in the 2020 Eagle Hill Consulting COVID-19 Employee Burnout Survey conducted on April 8-10, 2020, and August 13-17, 2020.