Today’s work schedule causes unhealthy burnout

The United States of Burnout

Current work practices are unproductive, unhealthy, and unsustainable. This is damaging for both employees and employers.

A 2016 report produced by the consulting group Deloitte found that one of the most pressing concerns for employers is the “overwhelmed employee.” Deloitte’s research shows that workers check their cellphones nearly 50 times per day, and rarely, if ever, do they take breaks. In fact, the vast majority of Americans work not only through lunch, but through nights and weekends, too. In an aptly titled paper, Americans Work Too Long (And Too Often at Strange Times), economists from the University of Texas at Austin and the Paris School of Economics found that 27 percent of Americans regularly work between 10 p.m. and 6 a.m., and 29 percent regularly work on weekends.

And that’s barely the beginning of our work stress and burnout cycle.

Read Brad Stulberg’s analysis here.

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