Survey: 83% Say 4-Day Week Would Help Reduce Employee Burnout
15 Nov, 2021
- Asked if they are feeling burnout out at work, 53 percent of working Americans said yes, with women at 56 percent and men slightly lower at 51 percent. Burnout is highest among younger workers (62 percent for those aged 18-34), followed by mid-career workers (58 percent for those aged 35-54), and lowest among older workers (33 percent for those 55 and older).
- When asked about the causes of burnout, employees say that their workload is the top culprit (52 percent), followed by a lack of communication (44 percent), juggling work and personal life (35 percent), time pressures (32 percent), a lack of clarity about expectations (27 percent), not feeling connected to their colleagues (25 percent), performance expectations (24 percent), not feeling connected to the company vision, culture and values (23 percent), and not feeling empowered (22 percent).
- When asked how to reduce burnout, 83 percent said a four-day work week would help, highest among women and younger workers. Other options included increased flexibility (84 percent), decreased workload (82 percent), better health and wellness (78 percent), reduced administrative burdens (76 percent), more on-site amenities (73 percent), working from home (67 percent), and the ability to relocate or work from multiple locations (58 percent).
- One-third of employees indicate they plan to leave their organization in the next 12 months, up from 26 percent in November 2020 and 29 percent in May 2021. The planned departure rates are even higher for younger workers (41 percent for 18 to 34-year-old workers), followed by mid-career workers (35 percent for 35 to 54-year-old workers), and at 20 percent for those 55 and older.
- The pandemic has triggered many employees to re-think their lives and careers. More than half (51 percent) say the pandemic has caused a re-evaluation of personal priorities, especially for younger workers (65 percent). Thirty-one percent of employees say the pandemic has them considering changing careers, with 34 percent considering changing employers and 21 percent thinking of changing where they live.
- When asked about how they value their employer, 66 percent of workers say they value their employer more since the start of the pandemic.