The Line Between Burnout and Work Engagement

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.

Hong Kong Poster

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.IMG_0643

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?

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