Publication Date

Spring 2015

Faculty Supervisor

Sarah Grison


Occupational burnout is a common dilemma for employees working in long term careers. It is characterized by exhaustion, cynicism, and lowered efficiency, and it progresses through three stages. Burnout is caused by the increase of demands and the loss of resources. Sleep impairment is also significantly associated with burnout, and also has been shown to hinder the recovery. Lack of balance between work and personal life, as well as perception of stressful events can lead to developing feelings of burnout. External regulation has been associated with a person being more susceptible to develop burnout. Other personal characteristics, such as inability to handle stress, pessimism, and frequently feeling fatigued can result in a person being more susceptible to burnout. Failing to address feelings of burnout properly can result in a variety of negative consequences in the workplace, home life, and personal health. Employees can prevent burnout by balancing their work lives with their personal lives, and keep up with their personal health. In the workplace, employees should reevaluate their goals regularly and prioritize their tasks into manageable lists. Being aware of the predisposition, causes, and symptoms of occupational burnout will help us to recognize and prevent it, and help employees to feel more motivated and accomplished in their careers.


Psychology 208


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Brochure on how to avoid burnout



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