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Remote work and rising cost of living are creating a perfect storm for higher burnout scores in the UK

  • 1 in 3 UK workers believe burnout is inevitable in hybrid work

  • 43% feel more isolated when working remotely

  • 62% of UK knowledge workers have experienced burnout at least once in the past 12 months

More than one in three (36%) British workers believe burnout is an inevitable part of their career, according to new data from 2,000 UK knowledge workers. That number, which rises to 41% of managers, has been cited by UK workers as a natural part of career progression from those who have experienced it.

British employees feel isolated at home and struggle to balance priorities and set clear boundaries. 43% feel more isolated when working from home and 42% say they don’t have a clear start or end time to their workday – there is a need to implement consistent policies and processes. Also, UK employees waste 6 working weeks each year on a combination of duplication and unnecessary meetings.

The study found that 62% of workers in the UK suffered from burnout at least once in the last 12 months, with one in five (21%) experiencing it consistently – four times or more in 2021.

Women were more likely to experience burnout than men (67% of women versus 58% of men). And younger workers experienced it significantly more often than older workers. 72% of workers aged 16-38 compared to 56% of workers aged 39-64.

The Anatomy of Work Index study was conducted by Asana and GWI to assess the behavior and attitudes of over 10,000 knowledge workers worldwide, including 2,000 in the UK. The study found that UK workers are thriving in certain areas because of remote work, including focus time and greater flexibility. The time spent on the skilled work that UK workers were hired for has increased (32% vs. 27% a year ago) and UK workers are also missing less deadlines than a year ago (13% vs. 21%).

However, 56% use multitasking through virtual meetings, and more than half (55%) check their email outside of work.

Simon O’Kane, Head of International at Asana, comments: “The perception that burnout is an inevitable part of professional success suggests that there may be a trend towards encouraging overwork in some UK companies. What is required is both a change in attitude and granular changes in how work is done up, down, and across the organization. It is vital that leaders work harder to nip these problems in the bud. If companies don’t act, they risk leaving employees in a cycle of exhaustion, poor performance and low morale.”

Other British findings include:

  • Time is still wasted at work:
    • 36% of UK knowledge workers are spending more time on email than they did 12 months ago
    • 48% spend more time on video calls than they did 12 months ago
    • 134 hours were spent on unnecessary meetings/calls by UK knowledge workers in 2021
    • 45% of UK knowledge workers have experienced both imposter syndrome and burnout.
    • 107 hours were spent doing double work by UK knowledge workers in 2021
  • With the exception of skilled work and large meetings, UK knowledge workers generally prefer the collaborative nature of working in an office.

O British workers spent the least amount of time in the office of any market last year – just 18 hours a week. They ideally want to spend more time at home (21 hours) than in the office (16 hours) based on a 39-hour week, suggesting that hybrid working is here to stay.

O A majority of UK workers prioritize the office over remote work for one-on-one interviews (43%), onboarding (41%) and training (41%).

O 51% of UK knowledge workers say they find it easier to focus when working remotely.

https://techround.co.uk/news/remote-work-and-surging-living-costs-cause-perfect-storm-for-higher-british-burnout-levels/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=remote-work-and-surging-living-costs-cause-perfect-storm-for-higher-british-burnout-levels Remote work and rising cost of living are creating a perfect storm for higher burnout scores in the UK

Fry Electronics Team

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