We’re taking time out of our busy schedule to demonstrate that nobody feels like they can take time out of their busy schedule. Burnout—the state of mental, physical, and/or emotional exhaustion caused by excessive and prolonged stress—is real. And everyone seems to be feeling the burn (sorry, Sen. Sanders, we don’t mean “Bern”).
Younger generations have overwhelmingly felt overwhelmed: The vast majority of Gen Zers have felt burned out both at work (90%) and with “life in general” (91%). Millennials are not far behind, as 84% have felt work-”inspired” burnout and 85% have felt it in general. Rather than global economic trends, we’re going to go ahead and blame the talking sponge these generations idolized for setting a bad working example. C’mon, his idea of a serene day at work is taking orders from his greedy boss and grumpy coworker while trying to prevent an evil algae from stealing the Krabby Patty formula!
Of course, burnout and subterranean corporate espionage aren’t the only issues facing working professionals that could potentially affect their career trajectory. Women in particular can face both subtle and overt barriers to career success. Do working women perceive the workplace differently than their male counterparts?
Working men and working women share similar perceptions of both workplace culture and their place within it. While more (but not significantly so) women than men in the workforce say masculine qualities are highly valued for leadership roles (63% vs. 59%), there is no gender disparity in comfortability interacting with coworkers (78% vs. 79%) and in worrying that hard work that is not voiced will go unnoticed (51% each). We clearly have SpongeBob and Sandy’s coequal and genuine friendship to thank for these surprisingly comparable results.