They are also experiencing burnout at least once a week
We all know that employee burnout is on the rise, but it’s not spread evenly across generations: A November report found that while only 38% of Baby Boomers said they were burnt out and 57% of Gen X, who are jumped to 69% of Millennials and 71% of Gen Z workers.
To better understand those early-career professionals, a recent survey by the Mary Christie Institute, in collaboration with the Healthy Minds Network, the American Association of Colleges and Universities (AAC&U), and the National Association for Colleges and Employers (NACE), found talked to graduates aged 22-28 about their mental and emotional health.
What they found was that more than half of young professionals report being great challenges and a lot of exhaustion.
In total, 51% of 1,005 adults ages 22 to 28, who have at least a college degree, reported needing help with emotional or mental health issues in the past year, including 43% who are screened positive for anxiety and 31% for depression, while 62% received mental health services in their lifetime.
It was worse for women than men, with 59% of women needing help with a mental health condition in the past year, compared to 40% of men. Meanwhile, 68% of males said they had good or excellent mental health, only 45% of women said the same, while 55% of women rated their mental health as fair or poor compared with 31% of males.
In terms of race, 60% of respondents were black and 63% of Asian Americans he said they have good o excellent mental health, compared to 52% of whites and 49% of Hispanics interviewed.
However, the picture is not entirely rosy, as 50% of Black respondents said they likely feel like they are part of the work community, while 68% of white respondents said the same, and black respondents were also less likely to they claim to have colleagues who would support them if they had difficulty with respect to their white counterparts, 52% versus 73%.
All of this is contributing to the increase in burnout among Gen Z: 53% of young professionals reported feeling burnt out at least once a week; in this case, burnout has been defined as “a state of prolonged physical and psychological exhaustion, which is perceived as related to the person’s work”.
Again, it’s affecting women more than men, 56% versus 49%, as well as people who say they experience more financial stress, 64% of whom reported feeling drained weekly, compared to 44% of those with low financial stress.
A mitigating factor appears to be those who work from home, although those people don’t seem to feel it: remote workers were more likely to rate their mental health as worse than in-person workers, but were less likely to experience weekly burnout, with only 47% reporting it compared to 56% of on-site workers.
Obviously, the more exhausted the worker is, the more he wants to quit his job: 42% of young professionals who reported experiencing burnout weekly or more said they would quit their job in the next 12 months, more than the 32% of young professionals in general who said they would like to leave work within the year.
Interestingly, despite all these problems, 75% said they were optimistic about their future and 72% said they “lead meaningful and meaningful lives”.
“We believe that better understanding the emotional and mental well-being of the ‘Gen Z’ workforce can serve to build a bridge between higher education and industry consideration and can help address the mental health issues that are shaping this generation.” , The Mary Christie Institute wrote.
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