Job Burnout versus Work Engagement

Burnout and work engagement are polar opposites on the continuum.

Where are you on the scale?

Burnout includes chronic exhaustion, cynicism, and a lack of self confidence at work.

Work Engagement is an energetic, deep involvement with work and includes energy, involvement, and professional efficacy. Engagement confirms to an individual that they are good at doing important work.

Reduce Burnout and Increase Engagement in your Organization
Burnout is a serious problem. Staff feel stressed and pushed beyond their limits. More than 20 years of research has shown that burnout is not an individual problem. The shared work environment can make the difference between burnout and engagement with work.

The Importance of Individual-Organization Match
In the book he co-authored, The Truth About Burnout, Dr. Leiter identifies six areas of the work environment that are most relevant to the relationships people develop with their work. A mismatch between people and their work environment in these areas reduces capacity for energy, involvement, and sense of effectiveness. Matches in these areas enhance engagement.

Used with the Maslach Burnout Inventory, the Areas of Worklife Survey helps organizations to identify the areas to change that have the greatest potential for significantly enhancing engagement with work.

Six Crucial areas of worklife to predict engagement:

  • Workload
  • Control
  • Reward
  • Community
  • Fairness
  • Value


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