Burnout is on the rise – reaching 40% – particularly for women, younger workers, and middle managers [more pronounced in US workers]

health transformation institute (HTI)

Joaquim Cardoso MSc.*

Chief Researcher and Editor
November 5, 2022
(*MSc from London Business School — MIT Sloan Programme

Future Forum Report

October 2022

The percentage of employees who say they are burned out rose 8% among the global workforce (from 37% to 40%) between May and August. 

  • The rise was even more pronounced among U.S. workers, rising 16% between May and August from 37% to 43%. 

  • U.S. workers now show the highest incidence of burnout globally with more than two out of every five U.S. workers saying they are burned out.

There’s a sizable (and growing) gender gap between women and men on the issue of burnout, with women 32% more likely to experience burnout compared with men. 

And the younger the worker, the higher the burnout risk, 

  • with 49% of 18-to-29- year-olds saying they feel burned out (compared with 38% of all workers over the age of 30). 

  • In fact, workers under age 30 are 29% more likely to experience burnout than workers over age 30.

Middle managers are also at high risk for burnout, at 43%, 

  • followed by individual contributors at 40%, 

  • senior management at 37%, and

  • executives at 32%.

Executives should take note of these findings since burnout is closely associated with degraded employee experience, lack of connection, and increased attrition:

  • Employees who are burned out report 22x worse stress and anxiety at work compared with employees who are not.

  • Burnout is closely associated with degraded employee performance, including 32% worse productivity and 60% worse ability to focus.

  • People who are burned feel far less connected. They are 2x more likely to feel disconnected from company values, direct managers, immediate team, and executive leadership.

  • Burnout is a major driver of attrition. People who are burned out report being 3x more “likely” or “very likely” to look for a new job in the coming year.

BOX: Burnout, defined

According to the World Health Organization, burnout is a syndrome resulting from chronic workplace stress. It is characterized by three dimensions:

  • feelings of energy depletion or exhaustion

  • increased mental distance from one’s job, or feelings of negativism or cynicism related to one’s job

  • reduced professional efficacy

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