Employees in the Southwest are the Most Burned Out; According to Staples Advantage Workplace Index

U.S. Study Reveals Regional Workplace Differences and Ways to Improve
Employee Happiness

FRAMINGHAM, Mass.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Employees in the Southwest feel the most burned out and also log the
most work after hours, according to the Staples Advantage Workplace
Index, a recent study of office workers in the U.S. conducted by the
business-to-business division of Staples. Coming in second in terms of
feeling burned out is the Northeast, followed by the Midwest and
Southeast, with workers in the West feeling the least burnout.

The majority of Southwest employees acknowledge that burnout is a
motivator for a job search. As a result, employees in this region are
more likely to say they’ll make a job change in the next 12 months than
their counterparts in other regions of the country.

“It’s clear that employees across the country are feeling burned out,
with some regions in worse shape than others,” said John Burke,
executive vice president, chief culture officer, Staples, Inc. “It’s
important for organizations to take steps to improve employee
well-being. Our research identified several approaches employers can
take to help with recruitment, retention, and engagement, such as
offering more flexible schedules, improving their breakrooms and
providing more engaging office spaces.”

Three ways to improve employee happiness

The majority of employees (53 percent) report they work more than eight
hours a day, and 53 percent feel burnt out. With employees consistently
working longer hours, employers can take a few steps to recruit, retain,
and engage their workforce:

  • Offer a more flexible schedule. One in five employees cite
    work-life balance issues as a reason for considering a job change.
    Additionally, one in four employees say flexible schedules and the
    option to telecommute motivates them to do their best work, and nearly
    a third note work-life balance as a leading contributor to their
  • Encourage breaks and improve the breakroom. Nearly half of
    employees feel they can’t get up from their desk to take a break, and
    45 percent eat lunch at their desk. Sixty-one percent of employees say
    having a break to refresh would increase productivity. A third say
    their employer could help them avoid experiencing burnout by
    encouraging them to take breaks. The Index also found that a
    well-stocked breakroom leads to happier employees and less stress.
  • Provide better office design. The overwhelming majority of
    employees describe their office space as standard, plain, or dull, and
    46 percent would like to see more attention paid to office design.
    Employees report that a well-designed office would improve creativity
    (42 percent), interest in their work (39 percent), and their work
    ethic (31 percent). In addition, nearly a third of employees say a
    well-designed office would improve the amount of work they do.


About Staples Advantage
Staples Advantage, the
business-to-business division of Staples, Inc. (Nasdaq: SPLS), serves
organizations of 10 or more employees up to the Fortune 1000, helping
them make more happen with more products, greater cost savings and
improved ordering efficiencies. Staples Advantage provides its
customers, including global businesses, local, state and federal
government, healthcare organizations and educational institutions, with
a one source solution featuring comprehensive products and services like
office supplies, technology, printing, promotional products, furniture
and facility supplies, along with a customized level of account support
and best-in-class customer service. More information is available at www.staplesadvantage.com.


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