In recent years, companies have increasingly tried to mitigate workplace burnout, a phenomenon costing the US economy $500 billion in productivity each year.
Last year, the World Health Organization (WHO) officially categorized burnout as a medical diagnosis. According to WHO, the occupational phenomenon occurs when chronic, enhanced workplace stress isn’t properly managed, and as a result, leads to exhaustion, negative feelings towards one’s job, and reduced professional efficiency.
Last October, before the pandemic forced most employees to work from home, we asked users if they were suffering from workplace burnout. Over 11,000 responded, with 58 percent they were in fact suffering from burnout at the time.
Since then, most employees have had their work environment upended and shifted to working remotely, due to the coronavirus pandemic. For this reason, we decided to ask Fishbowl users if this change has caused them to experience workplace burnout. Fishbowl users were asked to answer with “Yes” or “No” to this question:
“Has working from home during the pandemic caused you to experience workplace burnout?”
A total of 16,027 Fishbowl users responded, with 68.7 percent answering with “Yes”, they are experiencing burnout at work due to working from home. Here’s what we found:
- By State – New York employees had the highest rate of burnout from WFH, with 74.79% answering with “Yes.” Following closely behind New York were the District of Columbia with 73.95% and Massachusetts with 73.13%. Indiana had the lowest rate of burnout with 54.11% answering with “Yes”, followed by Louisiana (59.56%), and Utah (58.52%).
- By Industry – Perhaps a bit surprisingly, the Tech industry had the highest percent of employees saying they are burnt out from working from home, with 74.27% answering with “Yes.” Following Tech, were the Advertising and Marketing industry with 73.19% and Management Consulting with 71.45%. Healthcare workers had the lowest percentage of workers indicating they are burned out, with 55.79%, perhaps because a lower percentage are able to work from home compared to other industries. Following Healthcare were Finance with 60.43% and Teachers with 62.72%.
- By Gender – 67.38% of men indicated that they were suffering from burnout, while 70.45% of women answered this way.
Those who indicated that they are currently suffering from burnout, were then asked to answer “Yes” or “No” to a second question:
“Has this workplace burnout caused you to look for another job?”
For this second question, a total of 7,434 Fishbowl users answered, with 37.41 percent answering with “Yes.” Here’s what else we found:
- By State – Missouri and Oregon both tied for the highest percentage of employees saying the burnout has caused them to look for another job, with 47.06%. Following closely behind was Washington, DC with 46.43%. Wisconsin had the lowest percentage, with 28.13%. Following closely behind were Louisiana with 29.17% and Tennessee with 29.91%.
- By Industry – The Advertising and Marketing industry had the highest percentage of employees saying the burnout has caused them to look for another job, with 43.56%. Following closely behind were Healthcare with 42.57% and Finance with 42.43%. Teachers had the lowest percentage, with 12.76%, followed closely behind by Human Resources with 15.34%. Law had the third lowest, with 31.79%.
- By Gender – 39.18% of men said burnout caused them to look for another job versus 35.32% of women.
Looking for more data showing the impact Covid-19 is having on employees? Here’s what we found in four other recent surveys:
- 29% say working from home during the pandemic has made their romantic relationship stronger.
- 31% of employees say ‘less synergy with coworkers’ is the biggest obstacle while working from home
- 54% of employees fear there will be layoffs at their company, due to fallout from Covid-19.
- 60% of working professions said that the Covid-19 pandemic has caused clients to pause or cancel work.
- 62% of working parents are unable to juggle working from home and childcare.
- According to teachers, less than half of students are showing up for their remote classes.
- 42% of employees say they drink while working from home.
- 53.97 percent of women say they stopped wearing makeup, 29.78 percent of men stopped shaving, and 1 out of 10 employees aren’t even wearing more than underwear on their Zoom calls.
- 55% of employees say they work more hours each week than before the pandemic.