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New study shows burnout in construction industry

A new study by the researchers at Delamere Health has revealed that over 4 million people working in the Wholesale, retail, auto repair and construction industry could be experiencing burnout during the pandemic. 

The Health and Social Care industry had the highest number of burnout employees with 3,377,220 predicted to have experienced stress/burnout during the pandemic.

See how the other industries stacked up below.

The industries with the most burnt-out employees: 

  1. Health and Social Care – 3,377,220
  2. Wholesale, retail and auto repair – 2,916,760
  3. Education – 2,706,550
  4. Professional, Scientific and Technical Activities – 2,130,590
  5. Manufacturing – 2,056,670
  6. Public admin & defence – 1,888,040
  7. Construction – 1,647,800
  8. Information & Communication – 1,213,520
  9. Transport and Storage – 1,175,020
  10. Financial, Insurance & Real Estate – 1,158,850


How can you deal with burnout in the workplace? 

As part of the Burnout Britain study, Professor Sir Cary Cooper, Advisory Board Member at Delamere Health shares his top tips on dealing with burnout.

  1. Finding the root of the problem 

Burnout can be a response to stress, increased working hours, changes to the work environment and increased workload. But finding where the issue has stemmed from can be beneficial in helping you deal with the situation.

For example, if you are faced with unrealised working hours, it may be that you need to speak to your employer about decreasing your overtime and taking extended annual leave.

  1. Ask for help 

Getting external advice can give you a different perspective on the situation. Counselling can provide you with a solution to the problem before it develops and help you to discover what is causing the burnout you are experiencing.

If counselling isn’t an option for you, reaching out for help to your friends and family during stressful times can benefit the situation. Your employer may also be able to provide you with the support you need.

  1. Eat a balanced diet 

Healthy body, healthy mind. Eating the right food, drinking water frequently and keeping a balanced diet is one step in the right direction. Foods are fuelled with natural vitamins and minerals that can give your mind and body a boost.

  1. Exercise and keep active 

Keeping active and regularly exercising can give you a physical and emotional boost. Take a short stroll during your lunch hour or spend 15 minutes stretching after work. You don’t need to hit the workout machines to feel motivated and enthusiastic, it’s as simple as heading outdoors for some fresh air.

  1. Correct your sleeping habits 

A lack of sleep or too much sleep can cause exhaustion and fatigue in the workplace, breaking out of this pattern can drastically improve your day-to-day mood and motivation.

Drifting off at bedtime is a challenge for most people all around the world, during this unprecedented time. But there are simple ways you can improve your sleeping habits, try switching your nightly scroll on social media for a relaxing book or cut out coffee before bedtime.

The full study reveals which industries are at the highest risk of burnout during the lockdown and can be found using the link below!

To see the full research, click here.

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