Stunning Percentage Of North Carolina Workers Report Suffering From Burnout
If you’ve never experienced burnout I have to say I envy you. It’s a feeling I’ve felt at a few different points in my life. And I’m not alone. A very large percentage of North Carolina workers are reporting that they are/or have been suffering from burnout. This is according to a survey recently commissioned and shared with us by our friends at VoiceNation.
In regards to the workplace environment the Oxford Dictionary defines burnout as “physical or mental collapse caused by overwork or stress.” Burnout often shows itself as a feeling of physical and mental exhaustion, a lack of desire or motivation to work, cynicism towards the job, and feeling sad, angry, or irritable. This is problematic for employees as well as employers. And VoiceNation’s data says that over 70% of U.S. employees have suffered from burnout in the workplace. But in North Carolina, that number is higher. 78% percent of North Carolinians have reportedly suffered burnout.
I certainly can include myself in that number, which is the second highest of any state. Missouri was the worst with 87% reporting feelings of burnout. Data also showed that those 18-24 were the most likely to experience burnout. Bad news if you’re in that demographic, it only gets harder as you get older at least in my experience. Women are also more likely to feel burnt out. This makes complete sense as often the home responsibilities also fall on women.
The Top Reasons People Attributed Burnout To Include:
- An excessive workload
- Poor management
- Lack of support from fellow work colleagues
- Poor time management
There also seems to be a disconnect between these feelings and reporting them to employers. That doesn’t surprise me in the least as I know I personally would fear retaliation (whether or not that is a real thing) if I approached any past or present employers with feelings of burnout. So if you are an employer, use this as your reminder to check on your people. Offer support, praise, and incentives to help make them feel seen and appreciated. Happy, engaged employees will be successful employees.
Thanks to our friends at VoiceNation for sharing their research on the number of employees suffering burnout with us. You can view the full study here: https://voicenation.com/resources/the-most-burnt-out-states-in-america/