The Science of Daybreak

At Daybreak, we’re building a better workday for people all across the globe. To get there, we apply empirical findings from across the world to ensure that Daybreak is backed by scientifically proven strategies.

The implications of having burned-out employees

Burned-out employees are 63% more likely to take a sick day

“A recent Gallup study of nearly 7,500 full-time employees found that 23% of employees reported feeling burned out at work very often or always, while an additional 44% reported feeling burned out sometimes. That means about two-thirds of full-time workers experience burnout on the job.”

“Burned-out employees are 63% more likely to take a sick day and 2.6 times as likely to be actively seeking a different job. And even if they stay, they typically have 13% lower confidence in their performance and are half as likely to discuss how to approach performance goals with their manager.”

“…burned-out employees are 23% more likely to visit the emergency room.” [3]

Disengaged works had 60% more errors and defects

“Disengaged workers had 37% higher absenteeism, 49% more accidents, and 60% more errors and defects.” [4]

Burned-out employees costs up to $190 billion in annual healthcare expenditure in the U.S.

“The psychological and physical problems of burned-out employees… cost an estimated $125 billion to $190 billion a year in healthcare spending in the U.S.” [5]

46% of HR leaders say employee burnout is responsible for up to half of annual workforce turnover

“According to the survey, nearly half of HR leaders (46 percent) say employee burnout is responsible for up to half (20 to 50 percent, specifically) of their annual workforce turnover.” [9]

The benefits of taking regular breaks

86% of employees agree that taking breaks makes them more productive

“A study of office workers and managers by Staples discovered that even though 66 percent of employees spend more than eight hours a day at work, more than a quarter of them don’t take a break other than lunch. One in five employee respondents said guilt was the reason they don’t step away from their workspaces.

And that’s with 90 percent of the bosses surveyed saying that they encouraged breaks and 86 percent of employees agreeing that taking breaks makes them more productive! It’s become normal to think that if you never take a break from work, you’ll get more done, get promoted and be more successful.” [2]


For optimal performance, you need regular opportunities for restocking your mental energy

“Burnout often stems from a ‘lack of understanding about what it takes to achieve peak workplace performance,’ says Friedman. ‘We tend to assume that [it] requires trying harder or outworking others, [which] may get you short-term results but [is] physiologically unsustainable.’ To perform at your best over the long term, you need regular “opportunities for restocking your mental energy,’” [6]