55% of People Found Professional Success More Challenging in 2020 as 30% of Employees Experience Burnout

As 2020 closes, career management is more essential than ever. Some employees burned out, worked longer hours, struggled to adapt to new technologies, had to arrange childcare, and even experienced pay cuts or job losses.

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The past year has been a tough year for the average worker. Employees dealt with the COVID-19 pandemic, working from home, economic upheaval, and new burdens with childcare and technology.

These challenges caused the majority of American workers (55%) to find professional success more difficult in 2020, according to a survey from The Manifest, a business and how-to website.

Burnout Prevents Success, Affecting Women More

Missed meetings, blown deadlines, falling behind on work, losing interest in advancement, and overall exhaustion are all signs of burnout and indicative of an employee who is mentally fried and unlikely to remain motivated and successful.

In the past year, 30% of employees have experienced lower motivation because of burnout. More women (37%) than men (28%) have experienced burnout in the past year.

Burnout Is increasingly common during the COVID-19 pandemic, and experts believe that the stressors that cause burnout are more likely to be experienced by women.

Nicole Arzt, a mental health content expert for Invigor Medical, says that normal guards against burnout, like getting enough rest and taking breaks throughout the day, are especially challenging during the pandemic.

Arzt notes that childcare, new work arrangements, and domestic responsibilities such as cooking, cleaning, and taking care of elderly parents are all more stressful during the pandemic.

Women are more likely to shoulder these responsibilities, resulting in increased burnout. Workers, especially professional women, must set clear boundaries and guard against taking on so many responsibilities that they become demotivated.

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Longer Hours, Tech Problems, and Job Losses Compound Professional Success Difficulties

Practicing career management can help alleviate other professional issues that are increasingly common in 2020.

As work from home increasingly blurs the line between work and personal lives, 17% of Americans report working longer hours.

Experts say that keeping working hours in check has been difficult during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Ben Goodey, marketing lead at SentiSum, a chatbot company, attributes working longer hours to the challenges of working from his bedroom as he’s now always available, even outside of working hours.

11% of employees also struggled to adopt to new technologies, as work from home forced rapid technological reinvention. 7% struggled with childcare as schools and daycare facilities closed or reinvented themselves. These outside stressors can impede professional success and development.

Promotions, pay raises, and job security are all traditional hallmarks of career success. Unfortunately, nearly 1 in 10 employees (9%) have had their pay reduced in the past year. A further 5% of people lost their job.

Managing a career means hoping for the best and planning for the worst. Even in the face of pay cuts or job losses, employees who follow strong career management principles can find fulfilling, rewarding work.

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