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COVID Burnout: Coronavirus Tied to Stress Among Workforce, Survey Says

Professionals are feeling the negative effects of the pandemic on the job
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If you’re a part of the job force, you’ve likely heard of the term “burnout,” a state of physical or emotional exhaustion that involves a sense of reduced accomplishment and loss of personal identity. This is something people were feeling long before they made the switch to remote work due to coronavirus, but a recent survey shows that much of their ailments are directly correlated to the pandemic.

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In a study by FlexJobs and Mental Health America, 75% of more than 1,500 participants said they have experienced burnout at work, and 40% said they’ve experienced burnout specifically during the pandemic. This doesn’t come as a major surprise as 37% of respondents said that they’re also working longer hours than they were before COVID-19.

It gets worse: Just 21% said they were able to have an open and productive conversation with HR about solutions to their burnout, and 56% said their HR departments did not encourage conversations about burnout at all.

While only 51% of those surveyed say they have the emotional support they need at work to manage their stress, they do believe there are ways employers can help their staff navigate tough times.

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Stress can have some pretty scary long-term effects on your body, so if you need help, it might be best to talk your problems through with a manager. It can be intimidating to get the ball rolling, so here are some guidelines for talking to your boss about burnout.