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Government Employee Burnout Levels Remain High But Declining, According to New Eagle Hill Consulting Research

Most Government Workers Comfortable Talking about Burnout, Say a Four-Day Work Week and Increased Flexibility Would Alleviate Burnout More than…

By Girl Power News , in News , at October 26, 2022

Most Government Workers Comfortable Talking about Burnout, Say a Four-Day Work Week and Increased Flexibility Would Alleviate Burnout

More than half (56 percent) of government employees say that they are burned out from their jobs, notably higher than their private sector counterparts (47 percent), according to new research from Eagle Hill Consulting. While this high level of workforce burnout is concerning, it has dropped from earlier this year (65 percent). The burnout levels are higher among women (60 percent), Millennials (60 percent), and lower income (59 percent) government workers.

When it comes to the cause of burnout, government workers say it’s their workload (49 percent); a lack of communication, feedback and support (43 percent); staffing shortages (42 percent); juggling personal and professional lives (40 percent); and time pressures (34 percent). More than two-thirds of government workers (67 percent) say that a four-day work week and increased flexibility would alleviate their stress.

56% of government employees say they are burned out, notably higher than their private sector counterpartts (47%).

These findings are contained in a workforce survey from Eagle Hill Consulting conducted by Ipsos from August 11 -16, 2022. The 2022 Eagle Hill Consulting Workforce Burnout Survey included 1003 respondents from a random sample of employees across the U.S., including 739 federal, state, and local government workers. Respondents were polled about burnout and vacation.

“It’s encouraging that burnout among government workers is falling, but the high burnout levels still are quite concerning” said Melissa Jezior, president and chief executive officer of Eagle Hill Consulting. “Given the immense demand for government services, it is prudent for public sector employers to constantly assess the state of their workforce. Public employers need workers who can deliver on the agency mission, and they need employees who will stay on the job. When government employees are exhausted and stressed, or feel like they can’t perform at their best they may start looking elsewhere for employment.”

“Public employees point to practical steps employers can take to reduce burnout – from increased scheduling flexibility to better health and wellness benefits. Government leaders are wise to fully understand exactly what is driving burnout at their agency and to have honest conversations with workers about what will help address the problem. Good news from our research is that most government employees feel comfortable telling their employer about their burnout levels, so initiating those conversations is a great place to start,” Jezior said.

The survey’s key findings are as follows:

Eagle Hill Consulting LLC is a woman-owned business that provides unconventional management consulting services in the areas of Strategy & Performance, Talent, and Change. The company’s expertise in delivering innovative solutions to unique challenges spans across the private, public, and nonprofit sectors. A leading authority on employee sentiment, Eagle Hill is headquartered in the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area, with employees across the U.S. and offices in Boston and Seattle. More information is available at