Upon interviewing 10,766 workers from the United States, Australia, France, Germany, Japan, and the United Kingdom, Future Forum came to the following conclusions:
Executive Sentiment Is Down
Findings from the Future Forum Pulse show that executives’ sentiment and experience scores have dropped to record lows as leaders struggle to navigate shifting work models. Over the past year, executive scores for overall satisfaction have dropped 15%, and executives now report 20% worse work-life balance and 40% more work-related stress and anxiety.
Burnout is on the rise, particularly among key groups
Burnout rose to 40% this quarter globally—an 8% rise from May—with the most significant increase in the U.S., where 43% of desk workers report feeling burned out. There’s a notable gender gap between women and men on the issue of burnout, with female workers showing 32% more burnout than their male counterparts.
Younger workers are more likely to experience burnout, with 49% of 18-to-29-year-olds saying they feel burned out compared with just 38% of workers age 30 and older.
Employees Choose Flexible Work Schedules
Employees with flexibility show higher scores for productivity, connection, and company culture. Workers who have full schedule flexibility are reporting 29% higher productivity and 53% greater ability to focus than workers with no ability to shift their schedule.
Remote and hybrid workers are more likely to feel connected to their direct manager and their company’s values and equally or more likely to feel connected to their immediate teams as fully in-office workers are.