New research shows more than a third of all Canadians reporting burnout

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January 2022

As we inch towards the two-year mark of the COVID-19 pandemic, new research shows that more than one-third (35 per cent) of all working Canadians are feeling burned out.

A comprehensive research study – commissioned by Workplace Strategies for Mental Health, compliments of Canada Life, and conducted by Mental Health Research Canada in December 2021 – measured a wide range of factors relating to how employees are feeling at work. Those factors included everything from engagement and recognition to workload and safety.

While the signs and symptoms of burnout may vary, it’s often characterized by emotional exhaustion, cynicism, negativity and reduced efficiency in the workplace. It’s more prevalent in employees who set high expectations for themselves, have unreasonable demands placed on them or feel unappreciated for their efforts. While not considered a mental illness, burnout can be debilitating and long-lasting. That’s why prevention and mitigation strategies are so important.

Five industries showed burnout rates above the national average of 35 per cent:

  • ·Health and patient care (53 per cent)
  • Transportation (40 per cent)
  • Finance, legal and insurance (39 per cent)
  • Education and childcare (38 per cent)
  • First responders (36 per cent)

Within the health and patient care industry, a staggering 66 per cent of nurses reported burnout. Mental health professionals followed closely at 61 per cent and all other segments surveyed in this industry landed well above the Canadian average of 35 per cent reporting burnout.

Also, according to the study, few working Canadians feel they are receiving enough support from their employer, with only a third of respondents indicating their company is committed to a low stress environment.

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