Outlook Work Engagement: Real and Redundant!

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Is work engagement a redundant concept that can be reduced to mere burnout, or is it an independent, 'real' construct in its own right? This is the key question that this special issue about burnout and work engagement sought to answer. Based on psychometric, theoretical, nomological, and longitudinal evidence that is presented in the previous five contributions the answer to this question seems clear. We agree with Leiter and Maslach who conclude: "Perhaps the best way to characterize all of these results is to say that work engagement appears to be both "real and redundant." It is negatively related to burnout (and thus is somewhat redundant), but it also has some unique other relationships (and thus is real). It is neither completely opposite, nor completely independent ." So burnout and engagement constitute a dual unity; the glass is half full and half empty at the same time. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2018 APA, all rights reserved)




Schaufeli, W., & De Witte, H. (2017, June 1). Outlook Work Engagement: Real and Redundant! Burnout Research, 5, 58–60. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.burn.2017.06.002

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