1 in 10 workers feel constantly burned out

Survey reveals the extent to which workers feel tired and burned out in their jobs, serving as a warning to employers to keep employees motivated.

They say if you love your job, you never have to work a day in your life. To find out if that’s true, just ask any of the number of Brits who truly enjoy their occupations. According to a new survey from, 43% of British workers say they like their jobs and 26% go so far as to say they love them. Nearly a quarter (24%) feel mediocre about their jobs, and a mere seven percent actively dislike or hate their jobs.

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The ability to balance work and personal time may play into Brits’ ability to enjoy their jobs. The majority of British workers (62%) say they are either satisfied or very satisfied with their work-life balance. Only 17% report dissatisfaction with their work-life balance.

Happy as they may be in their jobs, however, workers aren’t immune to feelings of burnout. Two-thirds of workers (66%) say they sometimes feel burned out in their jobs, and 1 in 10 say they always do.

“Burnout is natural and can happen to even the most dedicated workers at the best of employers,” says Scott Helmes, managing director of CareerBuilder UK. “For most workers it’s a passing phase, but when employees start to feel as if they are burned out all the time, it can start to affect their work and in some cases, the business overall.”


Survey Methodology

The survey was conducted among 1006 full or part time workers in the UK. The interviews were conducted online by Redshift Research in June and July 2015 using an email invitation and an online survey. Results of any sample are subject to sampling variation. The magnitude of the variation is measurable and is affected by the number of interviews and the level of the percentages expressing the results. In this particular study, the chances are 95 in 100 that a survey result does not vary, plus or minus, by more than 3.1 percentage points from the result that would be obtained if the interviews had been conducted with all persons in the universe represented by the sample.

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