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Many workers feeling even more burned out, study shows

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Menlo Park, CA — Burnout is seemingly becoming a chronic workplace issue, as nearly 2 out of 5 surveyed employees say they’re more burned out than they were last year.

Staffing firm Robert Half commissioned an online survey of more than 2,400 workers, asking about factors that contribute to burnout. The most common responses: heavy workload (58%), lack of communication and support from management (32%), and insufficient tools and resources to perform effectively (27%).

Millennials (27- to 42-year-olds) and working parents were among the groups that reported the highest levels of burnout.

Other key findings:

  • 20% of the workers said their manager hasn’t take steps to alleviate work-related stress.
  • 37% reported being uncomfortable sharing feelings on burnout with their bosses.
  • 28% said they don’t feel like they can take time off work this summer because they have too much work or worry it’ll impact their job security.

“Despite employers’ efforts to better support employee well-being, burnout is an issue that needs ongoing attention,” Robert Half Senior Executive Director Paul McDonald said in a press release. “Compounding the matter, businesses are moving forward with an influx of new products, putting more pressure on current staff who may already be stretched thin.”

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