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Combating Millennial Burnout

Thursday, July 19, 2018

Burnout is a major concern in the modern workplace, and no generational group is more at risk of its effects than Millennials. According to a recent Gallup survey, 28 percent of Millennials said they feel frequent or constant burnout with work, compared to 21 percent of their older counterparts. Additionally, 45 percent of Millennial workers say they sometimes feel burned out, indicating that seven out of 10 Millennials at any given point are experiencing some level of burnout at work. The takeaway is that the typical workplace is chronically grueling, especially for young people, and the fatigue it causes has negative impacts on health, family, and professional development. To combat burnout, managers need to be more interested in their team members' concerns. An employee whose manager is always willing to listen to their work-related issues is 62 percent less likely to feel burned out. Additionally, younger workers are particularly driven by meaningful work, and less likely to feel burned out when they connect with their company’s overall mission. It’s important to remind Millennial workers that their work has an impact so they will not lose sight of their purpose.

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I appreciate learning more about supporting workers of all generations, but I'm trying to understand how this article is providing a compelling perspective. Is it that Millennial employees are being overburdened in our workplaces more than those representing other generations? What is considered "chronically grueling"? Finally, most people (regardless of generation) experience "burnout" sometimes - just like most seek meaningful work and want to understand how they connect to the mission.
I wondered the same thing. From my experience in the workplace, it seems that the millennials are more vocal when they are experiencing the burn out. The other generations experience it, they just aren't telling everyone at work.
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Very useful information! Thank you for sharing that insight; it will be used well.
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Do you have a definition for burnout? And if you were to compare burn out across different generations, how do the numbers match up?
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