Burnout can result when individuals are exposed to trauma, fear or uncertainty, loss of economic security or position, and anger over diminished control or circumstances. Prolonged exposure to a stressful and demanding environment is structurally conducive to burnout. This state of emotional and mental exhaustion creates physiological consequences including fatigue, irritability, and physical complaints. Burnout unfolds gradually in response to daily assaults of stress.

Bullies and a poor organizational climate represent two leading causes of employee alienation, dissatisfaction, and flight from the organization. Managing stress and burnout in organizations is an important function in human resources supervision. Preventing burnout requires additional research into the consequences of abuse, bullying, and narcissism in organizations.

Defining Burnout

The burnout syndrome may not be easily defined; however, it can be recognized by ...

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