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Germany - Larger firms take 'burn-out' more seriously

14 July 2011

One of the negative side effects of the current economic boom in Germany is the increasing number of workers who suffer from so-called 'burn-out'. New research carried out on behalf of staffing agency Randstad Germany among 1,561 HR managers and 627 ‘burn-out’ sufferers across the country reveals that 42% of 'burn-out' sufferers take between one and three months off work for sick leave. 18% take more than six months off.

17% of 'burn-out' sufferers leave their existing employers, 11% are given different, less exhausting tasks but 71% simply return to their old jobs.

Randstad Germany Spokesperson, Petra Timm, commented "burn-out affects workers at all hierarchical levels and across all industry sectors and it is most unpleasant for both the sufferers and their employers. Companies should therefore do everything they can to prevent this type of exhaustion."

However, the research reveals that only 34% of employers have 'burn-out' prevention systems in place, such as stress management and routine health checks.

The larger the organisation, the better it appears to be organised. 44% of companies with more than 500 employees have 'burn-out' prevention systems in place compared with only 13% of companies with less than 50 employees.

45% of all companies get actively involved in the re-integration of a 'burn-out' sufferer.

Interestingly, 79% of 'burn-out' sufferers blame stress at work. Only 59% said that their private lives also had something to do with it.

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