Worker Burnout in Tennessee

Sep 03, 2020 at 11:33 am by WGNS


The Nashville market, which includes Rutherford County, is ranked at number 15 on the list for having “Worker Burnout,” according to SmartAsset. In the immediate area, employees work an average of 39.6 hours weekly.

The days of the strict 40-hour workweek, with weekends and evenings spent relaxing, are a distant memory for many people. According to Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) data from 2019, more than 10 million Americans work at least 60 hours per week. And for those lucky enough to have a job amid the COVID-19 pandemic, shelter-in-place rules have kept many working from home, a fact that has reduced the separation between the office and home-life. In fact, recent data from NordVPN shows Americans are working three hours more per day during coronavirus lockdowns than before. Though the constant connectivity and persistent Zoom meetings may exacerbate exhaustion as workers grind to build up their savings, there are a whole host of factors that are fatiguing the workforce. With all that in mind, SmartAsset crunched the numbers to find the cities where worker burnout is most likely.

Specifically, we considered data for the 100 most-populous U.S. cities across the following five metrics: average number of weeks worked per year, average number of hours worked per week, percentage of population working more than 1,700 hours in a year (the equivalent of 35 hours per week for 51 weeks), percentage of workers with a commute longer than an hour and housing costs as a percentage of income. For details on our data sources and how we put all the information together to create our final rankings, check out the Data and Methodology section below.

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