Poll: K-12, higher ed are the industries with highest burnout rate

At 44 percent and 35 percent, respectively, K-12 education and college or university are the top two industries where employees feel most burned out at work, according to a Gallup poll conducted in February.

“K-12 workers have consistently been among the more burned out workers nationally, but the COVID-19 pandemic exacerbated existing challenges — and introduced new ones to a profession already struggling,” write Stephanie Marken and Sangeeta Agrawal for Gallup.

They add, “The result is a workforce that is burned out and unfortunately leaving the profession at a high rate. Despite these challenges, many talented teachers nationally remain committed to helping their students and lifting their communities, and they need the support of principals, superintendents and other leaders to ensure that these high levels of burnout do not impact their practice or personal well-being.”

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