76% of employees have experienced a symptom of burnout


A symptom of Burn out It has affected at least 76% of workers and one in five have been diagnosed. This is data that emerges from studies commissioned by Thought worka company specializing in online psychological counseling at BVA Doxa.

With regard World Mental Health Day The company wanted to conduct an in-depth study of the mental well-being of Italian workers.

Burnout affects people across the board

Data from a study on burnout conducted at the event World Mental Health Day: Mindwork wanted to explore – thanks to the help of BVA Doxa – the experiences, needs and desires of Italian workers. The study reveals some worrying data: at least 75% of workers (men and women without distinction) have done this has experienced at least one of the main symptoms of burnout. The percentage has increased by 14% compared to the previous year.

The main symptoms of burnout include:

  • Feeling of exhaustion;
  • Decrease in work efficiency;
  • increased mental detachment;
  • Cynicism towards work.

The most common symptom appears to be lo exhaustion; while for Generation Z it turns out to be that Decrease in work efficiency (58%).

However, the data on the actual diagnosis of burnout are no less worrying: One in five received it. Even in the face of a true diagnosis, those directly affected continue to have difficulty staying away from work and caring for themselves, particularly blue-collar workers. Of these, only 19% were away from work for more than five days. The proportion among employees rises to 55% and among managers it rises to 62%.

Personal life and work

More than half (58%) of people experience it in some way a psychological malaise in personal lifehe lives it even at work. And vice versa. One in two people reported suffering from anxiety and insomnia for various work-related reasons. At least one in two people experiences high stress conditions: this figure seems to be more critical for those in leadership positions (the percentage reaches 61%).

The working environment – ​​and in this case the data is confirmed for 2022 – gives results It is least appropriate to express one’s discomfort in a family context (41%). Almost half of the people surveyed for the study said they had left their job due to emotional distress during their career (54%). This factor seems to be particularly pronounced among Generation Z and Millennials, where the proportion reaches 66% and 59%, respectively.

In the times in which we live and are characterized by numerous crises, young people are the most affected from an emotional point of view – he explains Mario Alessanda, Founder and CEO of Mindwork -. In addition, they appear to be most sensitive to the changes that characterize our time, in the climatic, geopolitical and ethical aspects of technological progress. And companies have a great opportunity and responsibility to make ethical and inclusive decisions in the psychological field, not only because it is the right thing to do, but because only in this way can they ensure their own sustainability and manage to attract and retain the best talent.

Mental well-being

96% of employees – at least nine out of ten – consider it essential Promotion of mental well-being by the company. However, in 67% of Italian organizations there is no support whatsoever. When it is present, it is evaluated positively by 51% of workers who belong to the blue-collar category. The number of people who would rate it positively is growing the provision of a psychological support service (73%), more specifically in relation to white-collar workers (76%) and blue-collar workers (79%).

An important fact concerns the supervisor: 88% of respondents say this role has a significant impact on their mental well-being. Six in ten people say they need support from the company to better manage their role (59%), although only 20% say they feel they are receiving it.

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