COVID-19: Canadians report job burnout
January 17 is commonly referred to as Blue Monday, the most depressing day of the year.
Add in a pandemic and Blue Monday might be bluer for many.
New research from Mental Health Research Canada, commissioned by Workplace Strategies for Mental Health, studied how employees feel about their workplace, using factors such as engagement, recognition and safety to determine their well-being. -to be.
The study, conducted last month, found that five industries had burnout rates above the national average of 35%:
- Health and patient care (53%)
- Transportation (40%)
- Finance, legal and insurance (39%)
- Education and childcare (38%)
- First Responders (36%)
Additionally, in the healthcare and patient care industry, the study found that 66% of nurses are burnt out.
Mary Ann Baynton, director of collaboration and strategy at Workplace Strategies for Mental Health, said the study results were concerning.
“It’s not surprising though – given that we are once again facing extreme uncertainty as the rollercoaster of the pandemic continues. For many of us, anxiety and exhaustion are at a level record.”
Signs of burnout can differ from person to person, but some common characteristics include emotional exhaustion, cynicism, and reduced efficiency at work.
Baynton also noted that burnout is more prevalent among people who have high expectations of themselves or feel unappreciated for their contributions at work.
“We are troubled by the many respondents who highlighted the lack of psychological support at work,” said Michael Cooper, vice president of Mental Health Research Canada. “With the pandemic, it’s more important than ever for employers to consider new leadership approaches to help employees most at risk of burnout. The consequences of not doing so are significant.”
To find help preventing burnout for yourself or others, visit Workplace Strategies for Mental Health. Employers can also access free tools and resources to reduce the risk of burnout.