Northern Ireland professionals likely to burn out at 41

According to research on responsibility in the workplace commissioned by Conference Genie, 41 is the average age at which many of Northern Ireland’s professionals feel overwhelmed by their workload and run the risk of becoming overstressed.

Profiling the UK workforce to determine those most susceptible to professional ‘burn out,’ the study also revealed that many workers are unlikely to feel  more relaxed until after the age of 55; the age bracket with the most respondents who felt their professional goals were achievable.

Men are more likely to feel that their workload is unsustainable with 29% of those polled admitting so, compared to 24% of women.

Just as many entrepreneurs look for the elusive ‘secret to success,’ many are just as determined to learn more about that ‘tipping point’ between a sustainable and unsustainable workload and when they’re most likely to venture into the latter.

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.

A staggering 55% of those polled who earn between £70,000 and £79,000 admitted that they struggled with their workload; more so than any other earnings bracket in the survey. Considering this group in detail, these professionals are also most likely to work more than eight hours a day, five or six times a week (45%.) Plus, they are the most likely to work a certain amount every day, including Saturday and Sunday.

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