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Workplace Burnout: The Silent Epidemic

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Employee burnout can have severe consequences for retention and productivity which can impact an employer’s bottom line. A survey by Ringover found that nearly three in four (74%) of U.S. workers suffered from burnout and associated symptoms including feeling tired, drained, helpless, or detached. Nearly 2/3 of surveyed employees reported they considered leaving their job due to burnout.


Survey Results

The leading causes of burnout included:

  • Heavy workload - 43%
  • Lack of resources - 36.9%
  • Micromanagement - 36.6%
  • Toxic work environment - 34.5%

Burnout was most prevalent among workers aged 18 to 24 with 85% reporting burnout or associated symptoms. Only half of workers aged 55-64 felt the same.

Men were more likely to report burnout symptoms than woman and were also more likely to consider leaving their job.

Top industries for burnout included agriculture (84.38% felt burnt out), finance and insurance (82.5%), and information publishing and telecommunications (81.38%).


Employer Takeaway

Burnout can be found across all U.S. industries, and it increases the employers’ risk of high turnover rates. The survey found that proactive rest can dramatically increase employee happiness and reduce burnout feelings. Proactive rest means allowing employees to choose flexible working patterns such as mandatory lunch breaks, four-day work weeks, and remote work opportunities. Employees who receive opportunities for flexibility and rest during the work week may see increased employee retention, satisfaction, and productivity. Download the bulletin for more details.


Additional Resource

Mental Health Resources

5 ways to support employee mental health


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Bill Disch

Bill Disch

Since he was young, Bill Disch has possessed a strong sense of service – from delivering milk and newspapers, to serving in the Air Force. His integrity and strong desire aid in his want to make a difference in whatever he’s doing. Bill is known for his strong analytical capabilities and smart business sense. He enjoys coming up with creative solutions to complex problems by working together with all involved and leveraging his clients’ knowledge and talent. Bill has a background as a CPA and as an Assistant Business Superintendent for a Michigan K-12 school. He worked with National Insurance Services (NIS) for over 17 years in his previous employment and is happy to join the NIS service team. Bill will be working as a Senior Account Representative in Indiana, as well as growing life and disability in Market Development in Michigan. He is a licensed insurance agent.