More than two-thirds (67 per cent) of U.S. employees believe a four-day workweek would alleviate their burnout, according to a survey by Eagle Hill Consulting Ltd.

The survey, which polled more than 1,000 employees, found nearly half (49 per cent) said they’re feeling burnt out, with younger workers (53 per cent) and women (52 per cent) feeling the most strain, followed by older respondents aged 55 and older (48 per cent) and mid-career workers aged 35 to 54 (47 per cent).

Other actions that respondents said could alleviate their stress included increased flexibility (64 per cent), decreased workload (62 per cent), better health and wellness (57 per cent), working from home (51 per cent), reduced administrative burdens (51 per cent), more onsite amenities (48 per cent) and the ability to relocate or work from multiple locations (39 per cent).

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Nearly two-thirds (63 per cent) of respondents said staffing shortages are contributing to employee burnout with the percentage higher among women (69 per cent) and younger workers (66 per cent). Employees also cited factors such as workload (52 per cent), juggling work and personal life (38 per cent), a lack of communication, feedback and support (35 per cent), time pressures (32 per cent) and performance expectations (29 per cent).

More than a third (34 per cent) of respondents indicated they’re planning to leave their organization in the next 12 months, up from 33 per cent last August and 29 per cent last May. Younger workers aged 18 to 34 were most ready to leave their current jobs (45 per cent), followed by mid-career workers aged 35 to 54 (31 per cent) and those aged 55 and older (24 per cent).

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