Worker Burnout

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Worker Burnout is an important but often hidden problem in health care professionals. Jack Homer described a model of worker burnout in 1985, after completing his PhD and a simple model based on his work, showing the interaction between work to do and burnout, is shown here

Fig. 1 - Worker Burnout Model [Source]
Fig. 2 - Simulation Run Results [Source]

Note the buildup and recovery flows and the two vicious cycles introduced by burnout. The more you work the less productive you are and the more you burnout the longer it takes to recover. This impairs the usual adjustment of hours worked to the backlog to keep the backlog under control.


  • Jack B Homer Worker burnout: a dynamic model with implications for prevention and control System Dynamics Review 1985 1(1) 42-62
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