Brad Stulberg, coauthor of “Peak Performance: Elevate your Game, Avoid Burnout and Thrive with the New Science of Success” shares his thoughts on why American workers burnout faster than people in other countries. Following is a transcript of the video.
Americans work more hours than most other countries. We check our phones more frequently. We spend time working in the evenings more than most other people. We work on the weekends more than most other populations.
Overwork is definitely a problem in America. I think the ultimate evidence of this is rates of burnout across fields are between 40 and 50%. So there is definitely evidence while this is a global issue, I think America has a pretty rough case of it. And what’s ironic is this even includes fields that are helping fields. So fields like teaching, nursing and medicine have some of the highest rates of burnout. So this is a problem that reaches all corners of the economy.
In terms of the effects, I think like I mentioned there is burnout which is at its worst, a physical illness and at its best, it’s still not very good. It’s a general apathy and lack of motivation. And in addition to burnout, while it’s hard to prove exact causation, as we become more connected and struggle more to disconnect and our total time thinking about and/or working has gone up. So too have rates of depression and anxiety increased. So I definitely think it’s taking a toll.
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