American workers need a break, says Monster survey

Millions of Americans have lost their jobs in the COVID-19 pandemic, and the remaining American workforce feels more burnt out by the day, according to a national survey released by Monster.

It turns out, working in your PJs, avoiding the commute and answering emails from a hammock is not all it’s cracked up to be. The stress of juggling work and your home life, including children stuck at home because of school and summer camp closures, it’s no wonder Americans are exhausted.

In fact, in a recent Monster survey, 51 percent of respondents admitted to experiencing burnout while working from home during the coronavirus pandemic. That’s despite taking breaks for self-care.

American workers work from home burnout

For 36-year-old Kimberly Miller, life was fraught with stress when the pandemic first hit and she was stuck home, working full time and helping school her daughter.

“I am constantly on the verge of a panic attack,” Miller said.

With more and more Americans who WFH feeling burnout, this “new normal” needs a reset.

Here are a few of the most interesting stats:

Burnout worsens over time | Source: Monster poll conducted using Jebbit among employees, July 10, 2020; 284 U.S. respondents

  • Not surprisingly, over two thirds of employees (69%) are experiencing burnout symptoms while working from home during COVID-19, a near 20% increase since early May (51%).
  • Unfortunately, the majority (59%) find themselves taking less time off than they normally would due to COVID-19.
  • Just under half (42%) of respondents who are still working from home due to COVID-19 are not planning to take time off/vacation time to decompress, a small decrease since early May (52%).

The results are clear: Personal breaks can make a huge impact on happiness and productivity.

Anna Verasai
Anna Versai is a Team Writer at The HR Digest; she covers topics related to Recruitment, Workplace Culture, Interview Tips, Employee Benefits, HR News and HR Leadership. She also writes for Technowize, providing her views on the Upcoming Technology, Product Reviews, and the latest apps and softwares.

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