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Burned out at work? You’re not alone, survey finds

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New York — More than half of U.S. workers say they’re burned out and around 2 out of 5 are considering a job change “to resolve stress,” results of a recent survey show.

Commissioned by Talkspace, an online behavioral health care company, researchers from the Harris Poll in September surveyed nearly 2,100 adults from around the country to learn about employee attitudes toward mental well-being and work. Of the respondents who said they’re thinking about changing jobs, 67% indicated that their employer hasn’t followed through on promises to focus on mental health during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Although 52% of the respondents reported burnout, fewer than 20% of them are using their company’s mental health benefits. “This signals that employees may not be fully aware of what’s available, or may not feel comfortable taking advantage of certain benefits,” a press release from the Harris Poll states.


Around 60% of the respondents believe that more support from management could positively influence employee retention.

“It’s critical that employers pay attention to pain points and implement effective solutions that counteract chronic stress, enhance workplace culture and improve retention,” Varun Choudhary, a physician and chief medical officer at Talkspace, said in the release.

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