As businesses continue to push for higher levels of quality, service, and overall business agility, the pressure on individuals at the managerial level is on the rise. Managers are deluged with sets of competing demands, challenged with leading teams made up of different personalities, and ordered to do more with less. As a result, they find themselves working longer hours and become more prone to experiencing work burnout.
A recent survey conducted by Gallup found that out of 7,500 full-time employees, nearly 23 percent reported feeling burned out at work often, while an additional 44% reported feeling burned out sometimes.
To make matters worse, the COVID-19 pandemic is causing managers and employees to struggle with the transition to working from home, keeping workspaces healthy and virus-free, job insecurity, and a list of other concerns. As a result, managers may find themselves experiencing feelings of isolation, exhaustion, or resentment.
Even the most resilient managers who began their careers with zest and drive can succumb to burnout due to a variety of challenges and stresses. According to a survey conducted by Deloitte, 77% of professionals have experienced burnout at their current job due to factors such as lack of support and recognition, unrealistic expectations and deadlines, as well as working long hours.
When managers hit their limits, it’s almost impossible to support team members or help them avoid their own burnout. Recognizing burnout symptoms early is crucial for managers, not only for their own well-being but also for the well-being of their employees.