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Employees aged 41 ‘most at risk of burnout’

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The average UK worker is 41-years-old by the time they suffer from professional burnout, according to a new survey.

Research conducted by Conference Genie has revealed that many employees feel overrun by their workload and at a high risk of becoming too stressed.

It’s hoped the findings can encourage business leaders to focus their efforts on paying close attention to a demographic that seems to be more likely than any others to succumb to the pressures of day-to-day working life.

Conference Genie’s marketing manager Simon Prince said: “Although this research doesn’t possess the exact formula, it does seem to highlight a particular niche group that entrepreneurs and employers need to pay a certain amount of attention to.”

He added that bosses were now determined to find the “tipping point” that makes a manageable workload unsustainable, in order to avoid alienating staff and disrupting output.

The research also revealed that men are more likely to feel under pressure, with 29 per cent of respondents admitting to feeling at times that their targets are unattainable, compared with 24 per cent of women.

It also seems as though the struggle increases for those higher up the career ladder, with over half (55 per cent) of those who earned between £70,000 and £79,000 telling researchers they had a difficult time keeping up with what was expected of them.

The most chilled-out age group was those aged over 55, with this demographic saying that, for the majority, their professional goals were well within their reach.

Mobile working could be a solution to helping employees manage their daily tasks, allowing them to avoid the distractions of the office by occasionally basing themselves from home, while modern technology also means they can access their work from the train or bus during their commute.