Your teams may be working harder and longer; and while this may seem like a good thing in times of staffing shortages, it may be causing stress and burnout. This is particularly true of younger workers. According to a new survey:
- 10% say they never take a lunch break, and 70% say they work through lunch at least once a week.
- While 48% of baby boomers say they never eat at their desk, only 26% of millennials and 10% of Gen Zers say the same.
- One in 4 Gen Zers are concerned that their bosses won’t look favorably on them if they do take a lunch break.
- Nearly a quarter (21%) of younger workers report not having enough time to complete tasks and deliverables and break for lunch.
When workers can’t complete their work and handle their responsibilities in the time allotted, they may feel like failures or imposters. And a report earlier this year found a link between imposter syndrome and burnout. It also found that Gen Z workers have a 70% rate of imposter syndrome. To prevent burnout and turnover, managers should check in with workers, make sure deadlines and expectations are realistic, and encourage a work-life balance.