Burnout and workplace stress is now an ‘occupational phenomenon’

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According to the World Health Organization, burn-out — a syndrome resulting from chronic workplace stress — has become so prevalent among modern workers that it’s now classified as an occupational phenomenon.

In a study of 2,000 knowledge workers across the U.K. conducted by Asana, more than 80 percent of workers say they consistently feel overworked and close to burn-out, with a quarter (25 percent) experiencing burnout once a month.

Asana also explored some of the causes of burnout amongst UK workers:

Large workload = more recognition
UK workers believe they have to do more to be recognised (praised or promoted) at work. 56% of workers say they take on more work to try and prove their worth to an organisation. 27% of those surveyed do not receive any help from their organisation when it comes to managing their workload

Competition is higher than ever
Many people believe they do more work than their colleagues. 54% of those surveyed believe they are more productive than their teammates.

Chaos and disorganisation around managing work
Nearly one third of UK companies (31%) either have no process or rely on ‘gut feel’ to distribute work amongst teams. 37% of businesses in the UK still rely on inefficient in person meetings to manage the way work is distributed, and it clearly is not working

The business implications of burnout in the UK are also worrying. 37% of respondents believe that their organisation’s staff morale is low because of too much work. In addition to lower levels of morale and engagement, 39% of all businesses surveyed have had employees leave the company due to feeling overwhelmed by their work volume.

Many feel work is also been impacted, 62% of workers feel work has been held back on more than one occasion because people have too much to do.

Alex Wood, Head of Product at Asana, comments:

“The most productive and happiest teams are those that have clarity of who is doing what by when.

“While today’s workplace has more ways to communicate and collaborate than ever before, the majority of teams are still turning to outdated spreadsheets and email chains to plan and manage their work.”

Asana have created a new workplace tool called Workload to try to combat this issue.

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