43 per cent of workers overworked, burnt out: Survey

Two-thirds say it impacts productivity

Forty-three per cent of Canadian workers are overworked and burnt out, according to a survey by Staples Canada. And yet 89 per cent are happy at work, found the survey of 1,074 employees.

Almost two-thirds (63 per cent) of respondents said being burnt out erodes productivity and is a motivator for a new job search.

“It’s not a surprise that employees are feeling overworked and burnt out,” said expert Dan Schawbel of WorkplaceTrends.com and managing partner of Millennial Branding. “Businesses nationwide are tasked to do more with less, so while many workers are still happy at work, employers need to adjust to win the war for talent and optimize productivity, engagement and loyalty with employees.”

Thirty-nine per cent of employees said greater flexibility would help them improve their happiness at work but one-third of employers do not offer flex time or telecommuting.

More than one-third (38 per cent) of the respondents said work-life balance keeps them loyal to their organization, found Staples.

When it comes to a positive work culture, supportive workers help, according to 38 per cent of employees, followed by an open and collaborative environment (36 per cent) and the freedom to make your own decisions (34 per cent).

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