Worker shortage fuels employee burnout as Great Resignation lingers

American employees say that worker shortages are contributing to employee burnout, yet employers continue to struggle to fill positions and keep employees from walking out. Employers have no choice but to fully examine their employee experience, engaging with their workers to really understand their pain points and collaborate on solutions.

Half of working Americans say they feel burnt out at work.

49% agree

Worker shortages are inflaming burnout


Nearly two in three workers say staffing shortages are contributing to employee burnout.

Agreement is highest among women and younger workers

Graphic showing agreement is highest among women and younger workers

Workers signal that the Great Resignation is likely to continue

Workers report they are likely to leave in the coming year
Workers who report they are likely to leave in the coming year

One third of employees indicate they are likely to leave their organization in the next 12 months, a number that continues to rise.

Workers report they are likely to leave in the coming year
Workers report they are likely to leave in the coming year

Younger workers are more likely to leave. 

Top causes of burnout

What are the leading causes of employee burnout?


attribute burnout to their workload 


say it’s juggling work and personal life


cite a lack of communication, feedback, and support 


point to time pressures


say its performance expectations

There are ways to reduce burnout at work

Which of the following would reduce burnout at work?

calendar icon

say a four-day work week

flexibility icon

say increased flexibility 

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say a decreased workload 

health and wellness icon

say better health and wellness programs 

home icon

say working more from home 

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say more on-site amenities

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say the ability to relocate or work from multiple locations

Employees who remain on the job are feeling the sting of the Great Resignation. Just a few months ago, the pandemic was a driver of employee burnout, and now we’re seeing staff shortages as a major culprit of worker stress.

Melissa Jezior, Eagle Hill Consulting President and Chief Executive Officer


The findings are based upon the 2022 Eagle Hill Consulting COVID-19 Workforce Burnout Survey from Eagle Hill Consulting conducted by Ipsos in April 2022. It included 1,003 respondents from a random sample of employees across the United States regarding burnout and retention.