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Is burnout static or dynamic? A career transition perspective of employee burnout trajectories

Available Online http://psycnet.apa.org/journals/apl/97/3/637/
Publication Date May 2012
Author Benjamin B. Dunford, Abbie J. Shipp, R. Wayne Boss, Ingo Angermeier, and Alan D. Boss
Source Journal of Applied Psychology
Source Type Journal Article
Summary

The current article focuses on employee burnout. The authors examined the pattern of burnout change over time depending on career transition type. The results suggested that burnout was stable for organizational insiders but dynamic for newcomers and internal job changers. Emotional exhaustion and depersonalization were more dependent on career transition type than was personal accomplishment. Hence, those who stay within their jobs tend to have stable levels of burnout, whereas the other two groups tend to fluctuate in terms of their levels of burnout.

Keywords psychological burnout, career transition type, change over time, emotional exhaustion
Reference

Dunford, B. B., Shipp, A. J., Boss, R. W., Angermeier, I., & Boss, A. D. (2012). Is burnout static or dynamic? A career transition perspective of employee burnout trajectories. Journal of Applied Psychology, 97(3), 637-650.

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