Millennials are burned out, baby.
Ninety-six percent say burnout affects their everyday life, according to a survey of 2,059 Millennials by psychiatric and trauma recovery center Yellowbrick.
Burnout hadn’t been recognized by any organization until May, when the World Health Organization classified it as a strictly work-related “syndrome… resulting from chronic workplace stress that has not been successfully managed.”
The bulk of Millennial respondents said they felt mental exhaustion either daily (29%) to multiple times per week (28%). And 31% claimed to be physically exhausted daily, while 29% felt it many times over the week.
Burnout seems to be holding back Millennials from living their best lives, performing their best at work, and even performing their civic duties.
And two-thirds agree both that their life is more stressful than the average person’s and more stressful than previous generations.
At the workplace, 62% of Millennials say they feel they always need to be available via email or Slack, and 63% feel pressure to have the “perfect” job. Nearly half (48%) identify as a workaholic.
And they’re putting in the hours:
…and they’re coping with those hours by zoning out in a variety of ways.
It’s interesting to see that almost twice as many Millennials would rather binge-watch TV than drink. They’ve already been pegged as the generation that takes less pleasure in drinking.
It sounds like Millennials are at their breaking point: 60% of respondents say they are either planning or considering making a major lifestyle change within the next year to reduce their burnout symptoms.
Originally published on The Ladders.
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