A survey conducted among the tech workers, including many employees of Silicon Valley's elite tech companies, has revealed that over 57% of respondents are suffering from job burnout.
The survey was carried out by the team at Blind, an anonymous IM and work conditions review app used by the employees of many top tech firms, such as Microsoft (40K+ users), Amazon (25K+ users), Google (10K+ users), Uber (7K+ users), LinkedIn (5K+ users), and Facebook (5K+ users).
From May 12 through May 21, the Blind team asked the app's users an anonymous question —if they currently suffered from workplace burnout.
According to Blind, 11,487 users answered the question, and 57.16% said "Yes" —that they are currently suffering from occupational burnout.
The company with the highest employee burnout rate was Credit Karma, with a whopping 70.73%, followed by Twitch (68.75%), Nvidia (65.38%), Expedia (65.00%), and Oath (63.03% —Oath being the former Yahoo company Verizon bought in July 2017).
On the other end of the spectrum, Netflix ranked with the lowest burnout rate of only 38.89%, followed by PayPal (41.82%), Twitter (43.90%), Facebook (48.97%), and Uber (49.52%).
"The results for Netflix and Credit Karma seem to reflect what users are saying about these companies on Blind," the Blind team said.
"Netflix is mostly described as a desirable place to work with high compensation, balanced hours, and supportive coworkers–conditions that reduce the risk of burnout. The most negative comment you’ll likely find is that Netflix has a defined culture that can be “cultish” but you’ll rarely find a post that says the company is toxic.
"Credit Karma has more mixed and polarized reviews: Some employees say that Credit Karma is one of the best companies they’ve worked for, with tight-knit teams and a higher than average number of women in leadership roles. Then there are others who accuse the company of discrimination, harassment, and workplace politics–a recipe for a toxic work environment, which can increase the risk of experiencing dissatisfaction and burnout."
The Blind team warns that if these companies ignored this survey, the presence of work burnout could lead to health issues among its employee, such as insomnia, depression, substance abuse, and coronary heart disease, which could incur additional healthcare-related expenses and diminish the workforce's productivity.
Furthermore, burnout cannot be ignored by HR departments and is often a first sign that employees might soon decide on another career path and leave the company.
A Kronos study from January 2017 revealed that 46% of HR departments blamed work burnout as responsible for up to half of their annual workforce turnover.
Image credits: Blind app