Let’s face it, Dallas is exhausted and not just commuters. As more people work remotely, burnout has grown, especially since the pandemic.

Those who work from home say burnout has grown worse, according to an Indeed survey, but the availability of perks and the opportunity to unplug after work has contributed to the difference in responses.

Of the workers surveyed, 52% felt burned out in general and 67% report the feeling got worse as a result of the pandemic.

Elena Armijo, founder of the C-Suite Collective, attributes the increase of burnout to “hustle culture,” which is a lifestyle of overworking.

“The rise in ‘Hustle Culture’ paired with the growing challenge of what’s considered normal working hours has made the problem of professional burnout much worse,” Armijo said in a statement. “As we head into 2022, it’s critical we reshape our thinking and allow ourselves moments of pause to avoid this issue getting even worse.”

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Workers report struggling to find a work-life balance and trouble paying bills as some other stressors that contribute to burnout.

In Dallas, those stressors of why workers feel more burned out than a year or two ago include feeling underpaid, wanting to look for another job and wanting adequate time off. Robert Half, a talent solutions firm, did a survey of workers in 28 major cities and their workplace trends.

Of Dallas workers, 43% experience more burnout than a year ago, 35% feel they’re underpaid, 40% plan to look for new work, but 53% report the money would convince them to stay.

Burnout chart via Indeed

In generational terms, the younger workers of society- Gen Z and Millennials- are feeling the effects most. Even before the pandemic in the first month of 2020, the two groups experienced burnout at a higher rate than Gen X and Baby Boomers.

So, is there any remedy to this burnout or hustle culture? Paul McDonald, senior executive director at Robert Half, says in a news release that it could be vacations and covering absences.

“Planning for staff absences — including bringing in contract professionals — can also help ease people’s anxiety about missing work, minimize disruptions and ensure continued productivity,” McDonald says.

On a lighter note, more workers are managing burnout by taking time out for themselves and starting new hobbies.


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