NZ Herald nzherald.co.nz 29 Apr, 2021 23:30 am

Feeling the burnout: More than 1 in 10 New Zealanders are stressed at work

Feeling the burnout: More than 1 in 10 New Zealanders are stressed at work
'Burnout' is real and NZers are at increasingly high risk of it, a new report reveals.

New research out of AUT suggests 11 per cent of New Zealand workers might be experiencing burnout: physical or mental problems due to stress or overwork.New research out of AUT suggests 11 per cent of New Zealand workers might be experiencing burnout: physical or mental problems due to stress or overwork.Haar's research – a survey of 1000 New Zealand workers – showed burned-out workers were significantly more likely to report higher anxiety and depression.The survey was conducted after New Zealand's first lockdown last year, so may reflect the extra stress essential workers were experiencing during this time.

Overall, Haar says, New Zealand companies are "fairly good" at protecting their employees' mental health and safety.The ICD-11 notes burnout is "not classified as a medical condition", but it's still an occupational phenomenon with physical and mental risks.

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