Burn out could cost employers £700m annually: Metlife UK

80 million hours lost due to absenteeism

Hemma Visavadia
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Over 10 million workers in the UK have taken sick days due to feeling burnt out, which could potentially cost businesses more than £700m a year, according to new findings from MetLife UK.

Research conducted in February 2022 among 1,428 UK part-time and full-time workers found that nearly half (44%) of respondents admitted to calling in sick due to feeling exhausted, stressed, depressed, overwhelmed and unmotivated at work. For employers, MetLife has estimated that more than 80 million hours are being lost as a result of burnout alone. Employees who must cover staff who call in sick can feel additional pressure, as they may not be able to cope with the extra workload, which in turn perpetuates the feeling of burning out. Meanwhile, workers that call in sick admitted ...

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