Burnout Building For 44% Of Workers, Robert Half Research Shows

One-Third of Professionals Plan to Take at Least 3 Weeks Off This Year

Many workers are worn out and ready to make up for lost vacation time, new research from global staffing firm Robert Half suggests. More than 4 in 10 professionals surveyed (44%) said they are more burned out on the job today compared to a year ago, up from 34% in a similar 2020 poll. Nearly half of employees experiencing increased fatigue (49%) blame it on a heavier workload.

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“After enduring more than a year of long hours and little time off, many workers are feeling burned out and need a break to relax and refresh,” said Paul McDonald, senior executive director at Robert Half. “Running on empty can have a negative effect on employees’ mental health and well-being, and managers should make it a priority to encourage their teams to enjoy a well-deserved vacation.”

Pent-Up Vacation Demand

In a separate survey of professionals:2

  • 1 in 4 said they forfeited paid time off in 2020
  • 1 in 3 plans to take more than 3 weeks of vacation time this year
  • 57% are ready for an “awaycation” to travel and completely disconnect from work; in comparison, 32% prefer a staycation, and only 11% favor a “workcation” or a vacation that combines work and leisure

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But unplugging could prove difficult for 28% of employees, who admitted they’ll be checking in with work frequently when they take time off this summer.1

McDonald added, “Managers can foster a vacation-friendly culture by taking time off themselves and disconnecting as much as possible when they do. Planning for staff absences — including bringing in contract professionals — can also help ease people’s anxiety about missing work, minimize disruptions and ensure continued productivity.”

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