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With over half of workers saying they often experience periods of burnout; a new survey has revealed why so many employees are feeling this way about their workplace.

The Unispace Global Workplace Insights report, ‘Returning for Good’, surveyed 9,500 employees and 6,650 employers from 17 countries worldwide and found that half of workers admitted that an excessive workload was the reason behind their burnout.

Another 33% said that the time they spent in the office was making this problem worse with 58% saying they struggle to carry out core elements of their job in the workplace.

However, 87% of employers are under the impression that people will return to the office at least four days a week within the next two years.

Interestingly, the younger generation of workers are more likely to experience burnout – 65% of 18-35-year-olds indicated this is an issue for them. This figure dropped to 47% for those aged over 45.

Julie Lecoq, Workplace Strategist and Change Management specialist at Unispace, commented, “Burnout across the workforce is a real concern for businesses, and we are seeing a real disconnect between employers and employees that is exacerbating this issue.

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“Firms are increasingly encouraging people back into workplaces, however, these spaces are not necessarily equipped to allow workers to feel comfortable and be productive.

“While our research does show that employees value being in the workplace for the social interaction and collaboration it brings, they are struggling with other aspects of their job – and businesses are seemingly unaware of this issue.

“If the mental wellbeing of the workforce is to be boosted, staff need access to a working environment that is well-balanced and supports a range of working styles and personal preferences, from collaboration to quieter focus areas.

“We also expect to see an uplift in interest for spaces that are specifically dedicated to reducing stress and burnout, such as digital free zones, outdoor spaces, and other spaces designed for rejuvenation and relaxation. At the crux of any workplace changes though, is the need for employers to understand the make-up of their workforce and speak to their people to really understand what is influencing burnout.”

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