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The average worker gets a career burnout at the age of 32 and 59% say they work MORE hours from home

Average worker suffers ‘career burnout’ at age 32 – and 59% now say they work MORE hours from home while getting stuck with coronavirus, study finds

  • One study asked 2,000 people if they feel burned out from work and why
  • More than half say they work more hours because the office is at home
  • This is due to the coronavirus pandemic that forced many to leave the office
  • Other responses included hiring work and always having to stay on

Long hours, extra work and the feeling of ‘always having to turn on’ cause people to experience burnout as early as the age of 32, a new study shows.

About 59 percent of respondents blamed long working hours, noting that the increase started when they switched to remote jobs due to the coronavirus blockage – some worked an additional 59 hours in five months.

Other responses include not taking enough days off, pressure to do more tasks, and just under half of the participants dealing with burnout quit due to exhaustion.

However, the survey found that those who fall into Generation Z are already worn out due to the ‘always on’ work culture.

Long hours, extra work and the feeling of 'always having to turn on' cause people to experience burnout at age 32, a new study shows.

Long hours, extra work and the feeling of ‘always having to turn on’ cause people to experience burnout at age 32, a new study shows.

The study, commissioned by The Office Group, asked 2,000 people about their feelings about work and what factors may play a role in their exhaustion.

The results show that a majority have a burnout – and the average is the young age of 32.

Previous research has shown that the sensation typically starts around 35 and peaks when someone is in their 50s – but this was before millions of Americans started working from home.

The coronavirus started making its way through the US earlier this year, and many had moved from office to home by April – and the new research shows it has taken its toll on some.

About 58 percent of respondents blamed long hours of work, noting that the increase started when they switched to remote jobs due to the coronavirus blockage - some worked an additional 59 hours in five months

About 58 percent of respondents blamed long hours of work, noting that the increase started when they switched to remote jobs due to the coronavirus blockage - some worked an additional 59 hours in five months

About 58 percent of respondents blamed long hours of work, noting that the increase started when they switched to remote jobs due to the coronavirus blockage – some worked an additional 59 hours in five months

About 59 percent of respondents said they spend more hours now than before the lockdown, and one in three blamed the stay-at-home protocol, StudyFinds reports.

When asked why this time was so difficult, 31 percent said they feel obliged to burn the night oil, given their office is now at home.

There was also 27 percent who said that they missed socializing with colleagues.

Dr. Sarah Vohra said, “With nearly a third of people saying lockdown has brought them closer to burnout, there’s no question that the pandemic has had a profound impact on the country’s collective mental health.”

“Companies need to put in place defenses and arm themselves against elements that can cause stress and anxiety, and looking ahead, they need to make robust changes to ensure workers are protected, especially in times of uncertainty.”

In addition to having to work longer hours, 39 percent of respondents blamed their exhaustion by not taking enough days off and 47 percent said the feeling stems from having to be ‘on’ all the time while on the job .

What may come as a surprise to some is that just under half of the participants said they recently quit their job because of burnout.

What are the common symptoms of a burnout and how can you treat them?

Burnout is a feeling of total exhaustion and can cause you to withdraw from other people and develop a cynical attitude – especially towards your job.

Burnout can cause you to procrastinate on tasks that once would have been easy. In severe cases, burnout can make it difficult for you to function.

When you’ve reached the point of burnout, it will likely take more than a few new holes to fix the problem. You may need to take important steps to reduce the amount of stress you face and also gain support from other people, including health professionals.

The Beyond Blue Support Service can help you in the right direction. For other specific ways to deal with stress at work, check out our Heads Up website.

You can find support services and advice for healthy ways to deal with stress here.

Source: Beyond Blue

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