The Science of Burnout: What Is It, Why It Happens, and How to Avoid It.
Burnout happens. Has it happened to you? The burned-out feel exhausted, cynical, and ineffective. This not only harms their health, well-being, and relationships but also reduces their productivity, retention, and other aspects of the “bottom line.” For roughly 40 years, researchers have been studying burnout, trying to document its symptoms as well as the personal and structural factors that contribute to it. While the scientific community has yet to establish a set of best practices for preventing or helping people recover from burnout, research has identified factors that put people more at risk and activities that guard against the incidence of burnout in individuals and organizations. At this day-long seminar, led by GGSC Science Director Emiliana Simon-Thomas, Ph.D.--with special guests celebrated compassion teacher Joan Halifax, Ph.D., burnout expert Christina Maslach, Ph.D., and UCLA psychiatrist Elizabeth Bromley, M.D., Ph.D.--you’ll explore the characteristics of burnout, its negative consequences, and the individual and organizational factors that make it more or less likely. Attendees will learn about the biological and psychological consequences of burnout—and differentiate it from related concepts like chronic stress, depression, and so-called “compassion fatigue.” They’ll also discover practical activities they can try in order to boost their resilience, as well as programs and approaches to organizational policy that can effectively guard against burnout. The mix of science and practices offered throughout the day will suggest ways to mitigate the risk of burnout within themselves, their work environments, and their clients, patients, or employees.
Event Type: 
International House
Saturday, April 29, 2017
Event Sponsor: 
Greater Good Science Center
Event Speakers: 
Emiliana Simon-Thomas, Ph.D