Category: Burnout

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Email Overload and the Harmful Effects of Telepressure

You sit down at your desk to start the workday and log in to your work email. “YOU’VE GOT (187 pieces of) MAIL!” You might just have email overload. Besides for being extremely annoying, you might feel pressured to quickly respond to all of these emails. This pressure now has a word: telepressure. Does telepressure make you more productive at work, or can it lead to harmful outcomes ultimately affecting an organization’s bottom line?

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Caregivers in the Workplace: How to Improve Their Well-Being

Caregivers are people who assume responsibility for helping another person with daily living activities. But many caregivers are also full-time employees. With the increase of caregivers in the workforce, a new study shows how family and supervisor support can influence the mental health outcomes of these caregivers, and lead to improved well-being.

Self-Reflective Job Titles: A Cost-Effective Way to Reduce Emotional Exhaustion

Previous research has investigated expensive top-down interventions for burnout. A new study in the Academy of Management Journal proposes that encouraging employees to use self-reflective job titles can be a cost-effective alternative, as it has been found to effectively reduce emotional exhaustion through increasing self-verification and psychological safety.

Keeping Your Hottest Performers From Burning Out (Human Resource Management)

Topic: Burnout Publication: Academy of Management Review (JUL 2012) Article: Catching Falling Stars: A Human Resource Response to Social Capital’s Detrimental Effect of Information Overload on Star Employees Authors: James B. Oldroyd and Shad S. Morris Reviewer: Susan Rosengarten Every organization has its “star employees”—those people whose performance seems to

Work Out at Work: Avoid Worry and Worthlessness (IO Psychology)

Topic: Burnout Publication: Journal of Applied Psychology (2012) Article: Job burnout and depression: Unraveling their temporal relationship and considering the role of physical activity Authors: Toker, S., & Biron, M. Reviewed by: Larry Martinez Feeling stressed? Tired? Depressed? Burnt out at your job? Conventional wisdom would suggest that you need

Possible intervention to reduce employee absenteeism (Human Resource Management)

Topic: Burnout Publication: Consulting Psychology Journal: Practice and Research (2011) Article: EAP utilization patterns and employee absenteeism: Results of an empirical, 3-year longitudinal study in a National Canadian Retail Corporation Authors: Ashley Spetch, Alex Howland, and Rodney L. Lowman Reviewed By: Scott Charles Sitrin, M.A. If time is money, how

Does Your Brain Get Tired? (IO Psychology)

Topic: Burnout Publication: Journal of Personality and Social Psychology (MAY 2008) Article: Making Choices Impairs Subsequent Self-Control: A Limited-Resource Account of Decision Making, Self-Regulation, and Active Initiative Authors: Kathleen D. Vohs, Roy F. Baumeister, Brandon J. Schmeichel, Jean M. Twenge, Noelle M. Nelson, and Dianne M. Tice Reviewed By: Scott

Predicting Burnout: Playing Well With Others Can Go a Long Way!

Topic: Burnout, Engagement
Publication: Journal of Vocational Behavior, Vol 79
Article: Social strategies during university studies predict early career work burnout and engagement: 18-year longitudinal study
Authors: Salmela-Aro, K., Tolvanen, A., Nurmi, J. E.
Reviewed by: Larry Martinez

Emotionally exhausted? Are you working the night shift?

Topic: Emotional Exhaustion; Nonstandard Work Schedules
Publication: Journal of Business and Psychology (WINTER 2010)
Article: Emotional exhaustion among employees without social or client contact: the key role of nonstandard work schedules
Authors: J.L.S. Wittmer, J.E. Martin
Reviewed By: Rebecca Eckart