People who don’t get deeply involved with their work are more likely to suffer ‘burn out’ or emotional exhaustion and have lower levels of well-being, according to a new study but Kingston University Business School.
Researchers gave 227 British workers, mostly in their 30s, standard tests used to measure engagement and motivation. They found that the 15% who were watching the clock and felt the most withdrawn from their work also reported the highest levels of burn out. Feeling alienated at work caused feelings of frustration and apathy, often leading to lower levels of well-being, the study found.
Kerstin Alfes from Kingston Business School, who carried out the study alongside York University in Toronto and Kent University, said: "You might expect someone who is withdrawn from their work to be more balanced and less emotionally drained because they have time for other things in their life, but we found it's these people who are having severe problems with stress-related exhaustion.
Those who felt no major connection to their work had more sleepless nights and generally lower levels of well-being. Just as alienation from one's emotions leads to emotional exhaustion and lower levels of well-being, so too does alienation from one's work."
Via Fabrice De Zanet