Worker Burnout Causal Loop Diagram

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A causal loop representation of worker burnout which includes the motivational effect of increasing accomplishments on increasing expectations in “driven” individuals is shown below

Fig. 1 - Worker Burnout Rich Picture Causal Loop Diagram [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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