I’m off today for a series of talks and workshops in Hong Kong and Beijing with my good friend and co-author Arnold Bakker.
In considering burnout and work engagement side-by-side, a question arises about approach.
It seems that for people with only a mild, infrequent experience of burnout symptoms, an effective intervention could consist of purely positively oriented work. It would overlap greatly with any intervention that promotes work engagement.
But when symptoms of burnout are severe and frequent, such approaches may not connect with people. They may be just too exhausted and discouraged to participate. A more supportive, recovery-oriented approach would be in order.
A fascinating question is figuring out where things shift from one framework to another.
What do you think?