Ask Jack: Is Covid-19 Still Impacting Burn Out Rates?

By Jack McCalmon, The McCalmon Group, Inc.

I just feel like the pandemic has made everyone tired…does that make sense?


It makes perfect sense, and if surveys are accurate, employees are experiencing high burnout rates because of it. Here is one take on it:

According to the Anatomy of Work survey by Asana in 2022, a staggering 63% of knowledge workers reported experiencing burnout in the past year. Younger generations are more likely to experience burnout than older generations, with a staggering 74% of millennials and 84% of Gen Z expressing support for the idea of ??a four-day work week. Even though society and the workplace have restored some equilibrium, the rise in job burnout and anxiety has forced us to look for ways to work towards improving the well-being of all employees.

The COVID-19 pandemic has not only increased workplace burnout but has also raised the question of how we approach work and what employees expect from their employers. The demand for flexible working arrangements has increased since the outbreak along with a greater work-life balance among employees.

Lockdowns, quarantines, online school, mandates, masks, vaccinations, and all the rest of "pandemic crazy" seems like a bad dream from decades ago, but it was very real, and we are just starting to realize the mental impact it had on our society, including our workplaces.

The final takeaway is that management adapted for the pandemic. Although the pandemic has ended, the harms of the pandemic and isolation still impact our workplaces. As a result, managers will have to continue to adapt for many years to come, including having a focus on employee well-being and maintaining balance for employees.

Jack McCalmon, Leslie Zieren, and Emily Brodzinski are attorneys with more than 50 years combined experience assisting employers in lowering their risk, including answering questions, like the one above, through the McCalmon Group's Best Practices Help Line. The Best Practice Help Line is a service of The McCalmon Group, Inc. Your organization may have access to The Best Practice Help Line or a similar service from another provider at no cost to you or at a discount. For questions about The Best Practice Help Line or what similar services are available to you via this Platform, call 888.712.7667.

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