Traditional methods of career advancement have been upended over the last year, as people who worked hard to reach the next level in their company saw their progress halted by the COVID-19 crisis.
Workers saw employers put their financial progress on the backburner, as a new survey from BambooHR reveals that 21% of respondents experienced a delay or denial of a promotion over the past year — costing them $9,823.05 on average.
Combine that with the fact that 53% of employees feel burned out on a weekly basis, and it comes as no surprise that 32% plan to leave their company in the next six months.
COVID-19's effect on career progression
The majority of remote workers (78%) believe their career development has suffered over the past year. According to the BambooHR survey, this is due in large part to factors like burnout (25%) and having to balance home and family life (25%).
These challenges negate all the hard work employees have done to get to this position, which for many included:
- Working extra hours (56%)
- Volunteering for extra projects and/or responsibilities (50%)
- Taking on the responsibilities of someone who was laid off or had hours cut (40%)
- Working on days off (38%)
- Working so hard they got burned out (29%)
Remote work conditions create perfect storm for employee burnout
BambooHR's findings show that career progression delays aren't the only problem plaguing remote workers — many reported difficulties finding work-life balance during the coronavirus pandemic as well.
For example, 55% of respondents said they always keep their phone with them and leave work notifications on to stay visible to colleagues and superiors during working hours. Others haven't taken extended breaks from work during the past year, including:
- 56% who only took 10 or fewer days off
- 15% who didn't take any days off at all
- 11% who took a day off specifically to get caught up on work
And for people of color, their hard work comes at an additional cost. The survey found that more remote workers of color — and Black employees in particular (76%) — believe they've made strides in their career during the pandemic, compared with white telecommuters (59%). However, Black (38%), Asian (37%) and Latino (33%) remote workers that felt burned out during the pandemic attribute it to taking on extra responsibility outside of their job description, compared to only 22% of white workers.
The survey also revealed that 60% of Black remote workers and 59% of Latino workers felt they had to put in more effort to prove their worth over the past year, compared to only 48% of their white counterparts.
Unsurprisingly, another survey from FlexJobs found that over half of remote workers experienced burnout during the health crisis, while 39% reported a decline in their mental health since January 2020.
This can hurt career prospects even further, as another survey showed that 65% of employees lost 10 productive hours or more each week during the pandemic due to their mental health.
Methodology: BambooHR used an online survey created by Method Research and distributed by Dynata to reach 1,000 adults (ages 18 to 75) in the U.S. who work full time in an office or desk job setting and have either worked remotely since March 2020 or are currently doing so.
The sample consisted of a nationally representative geographic set of respondents, and equally split between gender groups. Survey results were collected between April 6 to April 15, 2021.