CIOs Must Deal With Staff Stress and Burnout

 
 
By Dennis McCafferty  |  Posted 06-08-2017 Email
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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    CIOs Must Deal With Staff Stress and Burnout

    Burnout and stress levels are soaring. CIOs can help by encouraging their teams to take all their earned time off—and to detach from work while on vacation.
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    61% of the employees surveyed said they are burned out in their current job, and 31% said they experience high or extremely high stress levels at work.
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    33% of those experiencing high levels of stress said they are dissatisfied with their job.
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    79% of the workers surveyed said their company does not offer classes or programs to help them manage stress.
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    Lost Time, Part I

    33% have not taken a vacation this year—or they don't plan to take one in 2017.
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    17% of the workers surveyed had unused vacation days in 2016.
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    31% check work email while on vacation, and 18% check into work via other methods.
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    Regrets

    36% of the workers surveyed said they return from vacation and find so much work that they wish they never left.
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    29% said they are tired all the time due to stress, and 26% said they have sleepless nights because of this.
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    24% of the workers surveyed said stress causes aches and pains, and 18% said it results in weight gain.
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    34% of women and 27% of men said they are experiencing high or extremely high stress levels because of work.
 

A majority of employees said they have reached the point of job burnout, with a significant number experiencing high or extremely high stress levels at work, according to a recent survey from CareerBuilder. The situation is leading to troubling levels of job dissatisfaction, and most companies aren't providing a formal program to help staffers cope with the pressures. Another worrisome finding: Many professionals are not taking vacations. And, if they are, they feel obligated to stay connected to the office while away. To ensure that their employees get the break time needed to recharge their batteries, CIOs and other managers should strongly encourage their teams to take all of their earned time off—and to detach while doing so. And they'd make a significant impact here if they led by example. "If you're a boss, it's important that you role-model how to take a vacation," said Rosemary Haefner, chief human resources officer at CareerBuilder. "If you're prone to answering every email and phone call that comes through on your own vacation time, consider the example you're setting for your team members. You need to set up an automated response email, and only respond to absolutely urgent emails while you're away. Direct all calls to an assistant or colleague at the office. Show your employees that vacation time matters to you and to your company and its culture." More than 3,200 U.S. employees took part in the research.

 
 
 
 
 
Dennis McCafferty is a freelance writer for Baseline Magazine.

 
 
 
 
 
 

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