Less work results in less work stress: isn’t it a bright discovery?


The number of employees who suffered from a burnout decreased last year. At the end of 2020, 1.2 million Dutch employees suffered from burnout complaints. The year before that there were 1.3 million.

The pandemic, which broke out in March 2020, was expected to increase stress at work. However, the opposite appears to be the case, although there are undoubtedly exceptions in, for example, healthcare.

According to TNO, the fact that there are on average fewer employees with burnout complaints could be due to working from home. Since the start of the coronavirus crisis, many people have started working from home one or more days a week. As a result, fewer people complain about poor work-life balance.

Among self-employed people there are more complaints about burn-outs. At the beginning of this year, 89,000 self-employed persons without staff complained about this. That’s 8.8 percent of all self-employed people. Two years earlier, that was 8.1 percent. The cause is probably not the coronavirus crisis; the increase had already started before the pandemic.

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