Nearly a third (32 per cent) of Canadian employees say they’re feeling tired or overworked on the job, posing concerns about a correlation between boundaries and burnout, according to a new survey by ADP Canada.
The survey, which polled more than 700 Canadian employees, found although two-thirds (67 per cent) feel satisfied in the workplace, more than a third (34 per cent) said they’re unable to set boundaries at work when it comes to preserving their work-life balance. Notably, among respondents aged 18 to 34, more than two-fifths (43 per cent) said they’re struggling to set work-life boundaries and 23 per cent reported working long hours on a regular basis.
“As we emerge from the [coronavirus] pandemic, where lines between work and our personal lives were blurred for many who worked from home, it will be important for employers to continue building a mindful and supportive work environment that provides employees with regular opportunities to discuss their priorities and encourages them to feel comfortable setting boundaries,” said Ed Yuen, ADP’s vice-president of strategy and human resources outsourcing, in a press release.
While 40 per cent of respondents said they receive weekly check-ins from their manager, more than a quarter (29 per cent) noted they haven’t been provided with the support, tools and resources to advance their careers. Additionally, more than half (53 per cent) of respondents said their goals, feedback and expectations are taken seriously by their employers.
“It’s encouraging to see that employers are prioritizing weekly check-ins,” added Yuen. “Not only do check-ins help to identify potential issues early on, but they also provide employers with the opportunity to support their employees and help raise capacity or fatigue issues.”