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Burnout cases increasing at alarming rate in Gen Zers

The number of burnout cases among the millennials and Gen Zers have been steeply increasing over the last few years. It has become a growing problem in the current workplace due to factors like increasing workloads, long working hours and limited number of resources and staff.

A study conducted by Mind Share Partners, SAP and Qualtrics have found that half of the millennials and about 75% of Gen Zers have quit their jobs for reasons associated with mental health. 1,500 people were polled by the study who were 16 years and older and were full-time workers. Another study recently conducted by the American Psychological Association found that there has been a significant increase in the number of young adults suffering from disorders associated with mental health over the last ten years. There has been a 47% increase in the number of people who dealt with suicidal thoughts over the period 2008-2017.

The study by Mind Share Partners, SAP and Qualtrics has shown that the younger generation is affected more by mental illness. There was a threefold increase in mental illness in younger people compared to general population. A report from the Center for Collegiate Mental Health at the Penn State University has found that there has been a five-fold increase in the number of college and university students who seek metal-health help over the period 20011-2016.

The author of iGen, Jean Twenge said that rise of social media and smart phones have made some contributions to this trend. Twenge said that the younger generation was spending more time on their screens and have less time interacting with people. Less hours of sleep and less face-to-face interactions have worsened the situation. 86% of the respondents in the study conducted by Mind Share partners, SAP and Qualtrics said that there should be provision in company’s culture for supporting mental health.

A company-wide email has been sent by the CISCO CEO, Chuck Robbins in which he said that employees should find time to have open talks and should extend compassion. The company included services for mental health in the health-care coverage of the firm. It also launched SafetoTalk, which is a virtual community wherein employees could connect with other people and share their struggles. The CISCO employees are also offered a five-session course for enhancing their concentration and creative thinking.

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