Burnout rates are significantly higher for the government workforce than for the private sector, new study from Eagle Hill Consulting finds
The results indicate that the ongoing big quit is having a big impact on workers who stay in their jobs, especially in the public sector. Seventy-five percent of government employees say staffing shortages contribute to employee burnout, compared to 60% of private sector employees.
These results are taken from an Eagle Hill Consulting workforce survey conducted by Ipsos from April 5 -7, 2022. Eagle Hill Consulting’s 2022 Workforce Burnout Survey included 1003 respondents from a random sample of employees across the United States on burnout and retention . The survey includes an increase to collect additional interviews from those who work in government (local, state or federal government). This increase includes 500 interviews in addition to 239 standard survey respondents who work for the government.
“It’s no surprise that our government employees are experiencing higher levels of burnout,” says Melissa Jezior, President and CEO of Eagle Hill Consulting. “The pressure on the government workforce has been overwhelming over the past two years. And just as pandemic pressures have begun to ease, the big resignation is now a driving factor in employee burnout.”
“While this employee sentiment among government employees is alarming, there are practical steps leaders can take to combat both burnout and attrition,” Jezior explained. “Many government employees are mission-driven and committed to public service. Addressing their specific burnout factors can help them stay on the job, while ensuring that they feel appreciated and valued for their public service. »
“The first step is to engage in dialogue with employees to understand their pain points and collaborate on solutions. For some government employees, their workload is the problem. For others, it may be schedules flexible or remote work. Still others may be looking for better communication and clarity about their performance expectations,” says Jezior.
Additional search results are:
- When it comes to the causes of burnout, government employees say their workload is a problem (43%), followed by juggling work and personal life (35%), lack of communication , feedback and support (34%), time constraints (29%). ) and performance expectations (26%).
- When asked how to reduce burnout, 71% of government employees said a four-day work week would help. Other solutions included increased flexibility (70%), reduced workload (65%), better health and wellness offerings (62%), reduced administrative burdens (57%), more amenities on site (58%), working from home (56%). percent), and the ability to relocate or work from multiple locations (47 percent).
- The pandemic has prompted public servants to consider changing their personal priorities (56%), career (45%), employer (44%) and place of residence (38%).
Eagle Hill Consulting LLC is a woman-owned company that provides unconventional management consulting services in the areas of strategy and performance, talent and change. The company’s expertise in providing innovative solutions to unique challenges spans the private, public and not-for-profit sectors, from financial services to healthcare to media and entertainment. Eagle Hill has offices in the washington d.c. metropolitan area, Boston, MA and Seattle, WA. More information is available at www.eaglehillconsulting.com.
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