Influence of Burnout and Shock on Turnover Intentions

Released: 12/13/2012 11:25 AM EST
Source Newsroom: Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology (SIOP)
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Newswise — Experiencing shock and burnout in nursing can cause a worker to question their career and lead to higher turnover rates. One study found that 60 percent of nurses who decided to quit their job did so because of shocking experiences like losing a patient or poor work performance appraisals. However, when coupled with the constant effects of burnout, like being over worked or not getting along with a coworker, an employee is even more likely to quit. In an Ohio University study, 960 registered nurses completed a survey measuring burnout and shock. It was found that burnout is a significant moderator in the relationship between shocks and turnover. If organizations work to alleviate workplace burnout, they can better decrease turnover, the study suggests.


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