Many Canadians feeling burnt out due to increased workload: survey

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Published May 25, 2021 at 6:20 pm

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Are you feeling burnt out?

A recent survey from Robert Half found that 43 per cent of respondents are feeling more burnt out at their job compared to this time last year.

Of those feeling additional fatigue, 42 per cent attributed to an increased workload due to cutbacks or restrictions associated with the pandemic.

“For the past 14 months, many professionals have dealt with increased workloads, longer hours, minimal vacation time, and juggling personal and professional responsibilities,” David King, Canadian senior district president of Robert Half, said in a news release.

“With burnout clearly on the rise, now is the time for organizations to encourage their employees to prioritize mental health and well-being, including taking time off this summer to rest and recharge,” he continued.

Additionally, 20 per cent of respondents said they forfeited vacation time in 2020, and 43 per cent reported an intention of taking more than three weeks off this year.

Of those planning a vacation, 50 per cent are planning an ‘awaycation’ where they travel and completely disconnect from work, while 43 per cent would prefer a ‘staycation,’ and only seven per cent would prefer a ‘workcation,’ which combines mixing work and leisure.

However, while the majority of respondents hope to completely disengage from work, it doesn’t seem likely, as 32 per cent admitted they will probably check in with work frequently during their time off this summer.

“To empower their teams to schedule much-needed vacation time, managers should actively plan for staff coverage while employees are away—including hiring contract professionals—and set a good example by taking their own time off to disconnect from work,” King added.

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