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In today’s business world, it’s an all-too-familiar scene: a project veers off course, stress escalates, and employees struggle to stay afloat. When this becomes a chronic situation, it can dampen job satisfaction and workplace happiness. In fact, a new Gallup poll revealed that employee stress levels have reached a record high, with 59% of workers experiencing disengagement or ‘quiet quitting’. For HR leaders, there are a few telltale signs that indicate employees may view their work as more of a chore than a challenge.

Findings from a recent survey from my organization indicate that this struggle is not unique. In fact, U.S. desk workers report lower satisfaction in key aspects of their roles, including networking, continuous education, and mentorship opportunities. These workers aren’t shy about seeking change if they’re unhappy; 55% state they would be likely to leave their jobs if they felt unfulfilled.

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