The cost of burnout

Analysis by MetLife UK suggests over 80 million working hours a year are being lost as a result of employees having to call in sick due to feeling burnt out.

This finding was based on company research which found that 44% of workers admitted to calling in sick due to feeling exhausted, stressed, depressed, overwhelmed or unmotivated at work. This means around 10 million employees have missed work as a result of burnout; and estimates suggest this could potentially be costing UK businesses more than £700m a year.

Amy Tomlinson, MetLife UK’s Head of HR, said, “Our research shows employees are having to call in sick in order to take a break and recover from burnout. Employers have a social responsibility to their employees to identify and manage the main causes of stress at work and put checks in place to ensure it doesn’t start to impact their mental and physical health.”