Study finds half of Dallas workers experiencing burnout – Dallas Business Journal – Dallas Business Journal






Dallas workers apparently need some time off.
That conclusion is based on a new study by California-based staffing company Robert Half that shows 50 percent of Dallas’ workforce is experiencing burnout. Dallas tied for third with Atlanta, Cincinnati and Seattle among the 28 cities surveyed. Dallas was behind only Charlotte and Chicago, cities that topped the list with a 55 percent burnout rate.
Overall, researchers found that 44 percent of workers across the U.S. say they are more burned out than a year ago.
The burnout is coming from people who are struggling with a looser work-life balance, working from home in leaner teams and taking more responsibility after layoffs and furloughs in the beginning of the pandemic, said Kimberly Stiener-Murphy, a senior regional vice president for Robert Half International Inc. (NYSE: RHI), based in Sacramento.
“You’re seeing an increased workload for people,” she said. “We’re heading well past a year on this, and I think it’s starting to take its toll.”
Two years ago, before the pandemic, the World Health Organization recognized workplace burnout as an occupational phenomenon resulting from workplace stress that has not been managed successfully.
Burnout is also a challenge for employers since “burnout leads to turnover,” Stiener-Murphy said.
Solutions can include initiatives to improve mental and physical health and team-building activities, she said.
The report also stated that 74 percent of Dallas workers would unplug from work when taking time off this upcoming summer. This means that while taking time off might benefit workers’ mental health, companies will have a challenge retaining productivity levels that were already low because of a leaner workforce, Stiener-Murphy said.
“Teams are running lean,” she said. “Production needs to stay at a certain level and people are going to go away for vacation.”
As a result, she said, companies need to have plans in place in order to avoid productivity loss while not putting more work on other employees. One example would be hiring consultants to pick up some of the workload. Still, companies need to prioritize their employees’ well-being, Stiener-Murphy said.
“People need to take a break. We all need to have time away from our day-to-day duties,” she said.
Independent research firms conducted the surveys, developed by Robert Half, from late March to April 19 – the two surveys include responses from over 3,800 U.S. workers, 18 and older, who work for companies with 20 or more employees.
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