A burgeoning body of research suggests that workplace burnout is “ubiquitous,” and data suggests that stress is at an all-time high. Of course, the COVID-19 crisis has only exacerbated the issue—and employees and executives alike are feeling it.
What’s worse is that research (and there’s plenty of it) purports that many people don’t feel comfortable speaking up about the need for a break. Harvard researchers call this a product of problematic workplace cultures, and ever more studies show that some of us are actually hardwired to stay silent.
While almost half of the employees feel anxious and guilty about asking for time off of work, and 62 percent of Americans fear judgment for requesting mental health days, executives face unique concerns of their own.