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10 UK Employee Stress And Burnout Statistics (2022)

Heidi Mülla
Heidi Mülla August 18, 2022
UK employee stress and burnout statistics for 2022

Burn-out is a specific type of work-related stress - a state of physical, mental, and emotional exhaustion. It can reduce productivity at work and lead to feelings of apathy and detachment.

Burn-out is not simply a case of working too hard or being under too much pressure; it is a response to chronic stressors that are not adequately managed. In 2022, the International Classification of Diseases, the World Health Organization's handbook, will recognize "burn-out" as an official diagnosis.

How burnt out are the employees in the UK? Let's dive right in.

Key UK Burnout Statistics, Trends, and Facts

1. The majority of adults feel stressed every month

According to the survey by CIPHR, an overwhelming majority of British adults (79%) feel stressed at least once a month. The study found that stress levels are the highest among 18-24-year-olds, with close to 90% reporting feeling stressed every month.

UK employee stress and burnout statistics

2. Every fifth British worker feels stressed more days a month than they don’t

One in five UK citizens feel stressed more days a month than they don’t, a CIPHR survey has shown. A survey showed that 18-24-year-olds feel stressed the most days a month compared to the other age groups, with an average of 9.82 days in a month. Those aged 55+ are the least stressed.

3. Over half of the workers agree that moderate stress enables them to thrive

The Workplace Health Report: 2022 revealed that 56% agree that the appropriate amount of stress enables them to thrive in professional life.

4. Almost half of UK employees are close to burnout

According to the research conducted by Westfield Health in 2022, close to half (46%) of the UK workers are close to burnout.

Comparing workers' responses to the COVID-19 pandemic across the UK, the researchers found those who have worked from home for the last 18 months are more likely to feel at risk of burnout (50%) than those who have been going to a workplace (41%).

5. Cambridge ranks number 1 for online “burnout” searches

A survey by CIPHR has found that Cambridge is the number 1 city in the UK for online searches related to burnout. Here’s the list of the top 5 cities:

Town / CitySearches per 10,000 people in the last 12 months
Cambridge6.05
Oxford4.99
Edinburgh3.28
Bedford3.21
Bristol3.12

What stands out is that the top three cities for burnout searches are well-known for their famous universities.

6. Brits are more exhausted than ever before

New research published by Arctic Coffee has revealed that the comeback of a busy everyday life with returning to the office, commuting, and social life changes has left 42% of people feeling more exhausted in 2022 than ever before.

7. Only 3 in 5 workers used their full holiday entitlement in the past year

According to a Glassdoor survey, around three-quarters (72%) of employees in Britain in full-time employment in June 2022 viewed annual leave as an effective method to lessen burnout.

Nevertheless, many workers did not make full use of their holiday allocation. Only 60% of employees used their full holiday allowance in the previous year.

UK employee stress and burnout

8. Reports of burnout among Brits in new heights

UK employee reports of burnout have skyrocketed to record levels in the past year. A recent study by Glassdoor’s economic researchers, which analyzed more than 382,000 employee reviews revealed that the reports of burnout among British workers increased by 48% to record levels between 2021 and 2022.

Although 72% of British employees surveyed believe that the annual holiday is good for enhancing their well-being, only every third worker (34%) say their company encourages them to take it.

9. Increased workload as the top catalyst for burnout

Champion’s data reveals that the number one cause of work-related stress is workload (78%), followed by other issues including lack of support, lack of control, and senior staff members.

10. Millions of working days annually lost due to stress

According to NICE, an estimated 13.7 million workdays are lost every year in the UK due to work-related stress, anxiety, and depression, costing £28.3 billion in lost productivity.

In conclusion, employee stress and burnout are significant problems in the UK, with statistics showing that the issues are likely to get worse in the next few years. Prevention of stress and burnout needs to remain an important focus of employers, and employees themselves need to be proactive in managing their well-being and stress levels.

Heidi Mülla
Heidi Mülla August 18, 2022

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