Summary of The Truth About Burnout

How Organizations Cause Personal Stress and What to Do About It

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The Truth About Burnout book summary
You could just fire all the unhappy people — or you could fix the burnout bonfires that company policy has ignited.


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Christina Maslach and Michael P. Leiter’s groundbreaking book debunks myths about burnout and holds organizations accountable for this epidemic, which has swept the work world. The authors detail how organizations can treat and prevent burnout, and take a critical look at its deep-rooted causes, including lack of engagement and conflict between employees’ values and their jobs. Conversationally and with great impact, the authors support their points and suggestions. recommends this book to executives, managers and employees. Now go home and get some rest.

In this summary, you will learn

  • How burnout happens; and
  • What your organization can do to treat and prevent burnout.


The Burnout Crisis
Burnout is an epidemic in today’s workforce among employees and executives at every level, from cashiers to CEOs. The symptoms of burnout include anxiety and strain, lack of self-confidence, a sense that no one understands or appreciates you and a feeling of estrangement...
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About the Authors

Christina Maslach is a professor of psychology at the University of California, Berkeley. She is the creator of the widely used psychological test instrument The Maslach Burnout Inventory and the author of Burnout: The Cost of Caring. Michael P. Leiter is dean of the faculty of pure and applied science and a professor of psychology at Acadia University, Nova Scotia, Canada. He is also director of the Centre for Organizational Research and Development.

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