Organizational Communication and Burnout Symptoms

C.L. ter Hoeven, Menno D.T. de Jong, Bram Peper

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Job burnout is a psychological response to work stress. Many studies have been conducted measuring burnout and its causes and consequences. The research into causes of burnout brings up various communication-related constructs, but the relationships with feedback employees receive and communication climate is underexposed. This study investigates these relationships. Data for the current study were collected through a web-based questionnaire held among employees of a Dutch subsidiary of an international financial consultancy firm. The questionnaire included the following clusters of independent variables: (a) background variables, (b) work characteristics, (c) communication, and (d) organizational engagement. Of the four clusters of variables, the organizational engagement variables appeared to be the strongest predictors of job burnout. Still, the communication variables also made an important contribution. Particularly the communication climate and the co-worker social support appeared to be important antecedents of job burnout.
Original languageUndefined
Number of pages31
Publication statusPublished - 2006
Event56th Annual Conference of the International Communication Association, ICA 2006 - Dresden, Germany
Duration: 19 Jun 200623 Jun 2006
Conference number: 56


Conference56th Annual Conference of the International Communication Association, ICA 2006


  • IR-61549

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