Throughout the pandemic, professional burnout has attracted a slew of national headlines. Starting in the spring, many employees were forced to leave their offices and work from home. And since then, the new workday (a digital one, with longer hours and more multitasking) has taken a toll on professionals’ motivation. Since early in the pandemic, Fishbowl, a social networking app for verified professionals has been tracking this trend through surveys of its users. This week, we checked in with how professionals are holding up.
Burnout Due to Working from Home
Discussions on job burnout have been trending almost daily on Fishbowl since the coronavirus forced professionals to work from home in March. On the app, users have continued to express the challenges they are facing while working from home (like in the post below) and get advice on how to move forward.
In June, a Fishbowl survey revealed 68 percent of users reported symptoms of burnout. And almost half of the respondents affected noted they quit their jobs or were considering less stressful alternatives.
Seven months later, it’s unclear how professionals are coping with “always-on” culture. Demanded to answer emails, calls, and be logged into digital platforms late at night or over the weekend has certainly impacted many employees’ motivation. And, given the slow distribution of the COVID-19 vaccine, we anticipate professionals won’t be logging less hours anytime soon—and burnout will only worsen among them in the coming months.
Survey Question: “True or False: I am currently suffering from job burnout.”
Given the gravity of burnout and its consequences, we decided to revisit the topic this week in our latest survey.
To find out how many professionals are suffering from burnout, we posed a simple statement: “I am currently suffering from job burnout.” Professionals could answer with either “True” or “False”, and the survey ran from January 18, 2021 through January 22, 2020. Respondents included employees at companies such as IBM, JP Morgan, Facebook, McKinsey, Deloitte, Bank of America, Amazon, Edelman, Nike, Google, KPMG, and thousands of others.
- Overall – In January, Fishbowl saw a nearly 11 percent increase in workers experiencing burnout from our June 2020 survey. A total of 18,195 Fishbowl users responded, with 78.96% answering with “True”, they are experiencing burnout at work.
- By State – Among states with at least 100 responses, California employees had the highest rate of burnout from WFH, with 84.31% answering with “True”. Following closely behind California were Maryland with 81.84% and the District of Columbia with 81.48%. Nevada had the lowest rate of burnout with 67.48% answering with “Yes”, followed by Alabama with 70.75%, and Oregon with 71.43%.
- By Industry – When looking at the results by industry, Healthcare had the highest percentage saying they were suffering from burnout with 83.49% answering with “True”. Following Healthcare, were Students with 82.59% and HR with 81.52% answering “True”. Accounting professionals had the lowest percentage indicating they are burnt out, with 74.71%. Following Accounting were Management Consulting with 77.01% and Finance with 77.45%.
Going Forward and a New Normal
With many states starting to distribute coronavirus vaccines, professionals across the country are considering what a return to normal would look like. Yet, as we now know, a return to the office won’t just impact professionals physically. The opportunity to unplug at the end of the day, walk away from their computers, and go home will allow professionals to re-establish the boundary between work and personal life (which has all but disappeared during the pandemic).
About Fishbowl: Every day, hundreds of thousands of professionals log into Fishbowl to have more honest and intimate work conversations and discuss their work lives using the social network’s audio-only group conversation called Fishbowl Live.
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