PHOENIX – Phoenix workers may need time off to take to the streets.

This conclusion is based on a new study by California-based recruitment agency Robert Half, which shows that 49% of Phoenix’s workforce is affected by burnout. Phoenix ranked seventh with Houston among the 28 cities examined. Phoenix trailed Charlotte, Chicago, Atlanta, Cincinnati, Dallas, and Seattle, all of which had burnout rates of 50 to 55%.

Overall, researchers found that 44% of workers in the United States said they were burned out more often than they were a year ago.

“After enduring more than a year of long hours and little free time, many workers feel burned out and need a break to relax and freshen up,” said Paul McDonald, senior executive director at Robert Half, in the study. “Idling can have a negative impact on employee mental health and well-being, and leaders should make it a priority to encourage their teams to enjoy a well-deserved vacation.”

In a separate survey by Robert Half, one in four employees said they forfeited paid time off in 2020. This could be due to increased work from home or increased workload from taking on responsibilities from employees on leave or laid off, McDonald said.

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