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1 in 5 Employees Is Highly Engaged and at Risk of Burnout

While engagement certainly has its benefits, most of us will have noticed that, when we are highly engaged we can also experience something less than positive: high levels of stress. A recent survey conducted at Yale University examined the levels of engagement and burnout in over 1,000 U.S. employees. For some people, engagement is indeed a purely positive experience; 2 out of 5 employees reported high engagement and low burnout. However, the data also showed that one out of five employees reported both high engagement and high burnout. These engaged-exhausted workers were passionate about their work, but also had intensely mixed feelings about it - reporting high levels of interest, stress, and frustration. These apparent model employees also reported the highest turnover intentions in the sample - even higher than the unengaged group.

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