The No. 1 cause staff are contemplating switching jobs
Lots of workers are ready to hop.
About 95% of respondents to a new survey are “currently considering a job change,” and 92% said they would change industries to get a new job.
Worker burnout has increased to varying degrees during the pandemic as many employees face additional domestic duties, blurred lines between work and life, frontline stress and blanket Zoom ZM, -0.24% meetings. American workers were prone to burnout even before COVID-19 turned work and life upside down.
Burnout is characterized by exhaustion or lack of energy, increased mental distance or negative or cynical feelings in connection with a job.
The main reason these workers may have left was because of burnout from their current jobs (32%), according to a survey conducted by job site Monster.com in June of 649 employees. Another 29% said there are no opportunities for job growth.
About two-thirds of respondents said they believe there are currently vacancies available, but around the same proportion said they experience “application fatigue” when they apply for a lot of jobs while receiving little feedback from employers .
Burnout is an occupational phenomenon that, according to the World Health Organization, is defined as “a syndrome that is understood as a consequence of chronic stress in the workplace that has not been successfully managed”. It is characterized by exhaustion or lack of energy, increased intellectual distance or negative or cynical feelings in connection with a job and “reduced professional performance”.
Some companies have introduced perks to alleviate burnout: Citigroups C, + 2.58% CEO, for example, introduced “Zoom-Free Fridays” in March to counter “the intransigence of the pandemic working day”. Dating app company Bumble BMBL, + 5.99%, gave its employees a paid week off last month to help fight pandemic burnout.
Post-pandemic pivot point
Monster’s latest survey did not provide details on how seriously this overwhelming proportion of workers were considering changing jobs. But previous surveys have produced similar results, albeit in more moderate numbers.
Citigroup introduced “Zoom-Free Fridays” in March to counter “the intransigence of the pandemic working day”.
For example, 41% of the global workforce are “likely to consider leaving their current employer” over the next year, and 46% are planning a major career change or transition, according to Microsoft’s MSFT, + 0.19% Labor Trend 2021 Index Study in March released. Overall, 54% of respondents said they felt overworked and 39% felt exhausted.
A recent Prudential PRU poll conducted by Morning Consult, + 3.53%, found that nearly half of American workers are rethinking their future job, and about 53% even said they would retrain for a career in another industry, if given the chance.
Meanwhile, many people have turned to remote work: Nearly four in ten US adults in a Morning Consult poll conducted for Bloomberg News in May said they would consider quitting if their company was related to work would be inflexible from home – an opinion shared more widely by Millennials and Gen Z respondents.
Workers appear to have gained new leverage as the economy recovers from the pandemic recession and businesses reopen. Government data shows that a record number of Americans are quitting their jobs – nearly 4 million people quit their jobs in April – possibly to seek better or more lucrative positions or to rethink their career paths.