Report: Vacation is not the solution to chronic burnout

While taking time away provides a temporary respite, the unending stress that has put the crunch on American workers requires a multi-pronged approach.

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What’s the solution for helping stressed and exhausted workers overcome chronic burnout? New data from Visier shows that vacation by itself isn’t enough to solve the problem.

Worker burnout has become a top concern in recent months as hopes for a curtailed pandemic have been dashed by the Delta variant and insufficient vaccination. According to a new report, only 11% of workers report no burnout during the past year and 30% of workers report being burned out “most of the time.”

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Some are arguing that encouraging workers to take their PTO and go on vacation is the solution. However, less than half of respondents to the Visier survey said that taking time off alleviates burnout, even temporarily.

The biggest factor driving burnout? The increase in workload.

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