The Greater Good Science Center Presents the Science of Burnout: What It Is, Why It Happens, and How to Avoid It  


WHEN: April 29, 2017

WHERE: UC Berkeley

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.attendees will explore the characteristics of burnout, its negative consequences, and the individual and organizational factors that make it more or less likely.

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.

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