Survey

Polling Business Leaders on Their Perceptions of Burn and Burnout

The Invisible Team

Abstract: Invisible conducted this survey of 629 randomly sampled American business leaders on June 28,  2022. Respondents’ organizational roles included C-Suite executives, senior management, and middle management, in companies with 100-5000+ employees. Read the accompanying report here

Q1. I worry that my employees are getting burned out.

  • Strongly agree - 32.59%
  • Agree - 46.42%
  • Neither agree nor disagree - 9.70%
  • Disagree - 7.31%
  • Strongly disagree - 3.97%

Q2. I am currently unable to increase headcount on my company team.

  • Strongly agree - 18.28%
  • Agree - 36.88%
  • Neither agree nor disagree - 18.44%
  • Disagree - 21.30%
  • Strongly disagree - 5.09%

Q3. Finding ways to retain my best employees is a priority for me.

  • Strongly agree - 54.37%
  • Agree - 38.47%
  • Neither agree nor disagree - 5.41%
  • Disagree - 1.11%
  • Strongly disagree - 0.64%

Q4. There is a non-core business process that is taking up too much of my time and/or resources.

  • Strongly agree - 13.35%
  • Agree - 42.13%
  • Neither agree nor disagree - 20.51%
  • Disagree - 18.92%
  • Strongly disagree - 5.09%

Q5. I worry about burn rate at my organization.

  • Strongly agree - 32.59%
  • Agree - 42.61%
  • Neither agree nor disagree - 11.61%
  • Disagree - 8.43% 
  • Strongly disagree - 4.77%

Q6. I am worried about raising a next round of funding.

  • Strongly agree - 14.63%
  • Agree - 31.32%
  • Neither agree nor disagree - 25.12%
  • Disagree - 21.30%
  • Strongly disagree - 7.63%

Q7. The need to increase compensation packages to compensate for inflation and keep talent is a concern for me.

  • Strongly agree - 37.20%
  • Agree - 45.63%
  • Neither agree nor disagree - 10.17%
  • Disagree - 5.25%
  • Strongly disagree - 1.75%

Q8. Have you had to make any of the following cuts in your organization in the last 6 months for financial reasons? Check all that apply.

* Percent (Answers) is calculated by dividing each answer count by the total counts collected.

  • Layoff employees - 20.35% (*11.74%)
  • Postpone and/or cancel projects - 40.38% (*23.30%)
  • Postpone and/or freeze hiring - 37.68% (*21.74%)
  • Postpone compensation increases - 33.23% (*19.17%)
  • Cut benefits - 16.53% (*9.54%)
  • None of the above - 25.12% (*14.50%)

Q9. How are you combating burnout in your organization? Check all that apply.

* Percent (Answers) is calculated by dividing each answer count by the total counts collected.

  • Providing mental health resources - 51.67% (*28.02%)
  • Cutting high-intensity projects - 39.43% (*21.38%)
  • Defining pathways for employee growth - 48.81% (*26.47%)
  • Offering pay-raises and/or bonuses - 41.02% (*22.24%)
  • Other -3.50% (*1.90%)

Q10. Are you burned out at your job?

  • Yes - 49.44%
  • No - 50.56%

Q11. What is contributing to your feeling of being burned out? Check all that apply.

* Percent (Answers) is calculated by dividing each answer count by the total counts collected.

  • Long hours - 72.99% (*31.93%)
  • The inability to retain talent - 44.37% (*19.41%)
  • Lack of resources to perform my job - 47.91% (*20.96%)
  • Investors hesitating to raise additional funds - 26.37% (*11.53%)
  • Rote work taking up too much of my day - 35.05% (*15.33%)
  • Other - 1.93% (*0.84%)

Q12. What would reduce your burnout?

Top answers:

  • More time off
  • More employees
  • Salary increases
  • Funding to successfully execute projects 

Q13. Without sharing proprietary information, what is the hardest spending decision you have had to make in the last 2 months at your organization?

Top answers: 

  • None 
  • Cut benefits
  • Buy new equipment
  • Cut hours
  • Layoffs 

Q14. What is one thing you wish you could offer your team?

Top answers: 

  • More money
  • More time off
  • None
  • Better benefits
  • Better support

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