27 April 2017

More than half of all professionals feel worn out by their work and the problem is even worse among working parents (two-thirds) and senior managers (7 out of 10).

Coaching and consulting company, Talking Talent, has issued a report suggesting that pressures and expectations at work are taking their toll on employees, increasing their risk of burning out.

This shows that 57% of graduates feel worn out by work, with 66% feeling that they "give a lot but get little in return" while 58% of senior managers report that they often lose focus at work.

The issue affects people across all age groups with three-quarters of professionals aged between 25 and 34 already saying that they feel worn out by work. Burnout is not reserved for middle age or later life, Talking Talent warned.

It believes that there are opportunities for employers to make it easier for their employees to manage their own wellbeing better, especially as nearly half of those questioned said that they do not feel they get enough support from their bosses.

Talking Talent Coach Director, Rob Bravo, said: "Organisations need to take action to support the wellbeing of their people. This research shows how the risk of burnout is real.

“The challenge of helping employees understand how to manage their own wellbeing is part of protecting an organisation's greatest asset - its people,” he went on. “If left unexamined, wellbeing issues will reverse positive trends in diversity and inclusion aimed at improving organisational performance.”

Mr Bravo pointed to research by the Institute for Public Policy which estimated that 460,000 people move from work to sickness and disability benefits every year, at an annual cost to employers of £9 billion.