Three-quarters (74 per cent) of employees with flexible schedules are working more hours than they were pre-pandemic, according to a new survey by Robert Half Canada Inc.

The survey, which polled more than 500 employees, found 60 per cent of all respondents are putting in 40 or more hours a week. Almost half (45 per cent) said they’re hesitant to discuss burnout with their manager and 38 per cent are more burnt out now than a year ago.

Those most likely to report a rise in burnout include millennial professionals (42 per cent), women (42 per cent) and employees who’ve been with their company for between two and four years (42 per cent).

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“Many Canadian employees are still battling burnout, despite companies’ efforts to hire permanent and contract talent to support growing business demands,” said David King, Canadian senior managing director of Robert Half, in a press release. “The labour market remains incredibly tight and now, more than ever, managers need to focus on the health and wellness of their teams and take steps to reduce work-related stress.

“This includes scheduling ongoing check-ins, prioritizing critical work and maintaining a culture that encourages employees to share if they are feeling stressed or overwhelmed.”

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