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Successful return to work after burnout : an evaluation of job, person- and private-related burnout determinants as determinants of return-to-work quality after sick leave for burnout

Claudia Rooman (UGent) , Philippe Sterkens (UGent) , Stijn Schelfhout (UGent) , Annelies Van Royen (UGent) , Stijn Baert (UGent) and Eva Derous (UGent)
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Purpose: Burnout literature has primarily studied determinants and rehabilitation. Remarkably, ways to enable qualitative return to work after burnout are considered considerably less and were studied here. Specifically, building on the Job Demands-Resources model and Effort-Recovery model, this study investigated determinants of the quality of return to work. Material and Methods: Hierarchical regression analyses were conducted to evaluate the quality of reintegration among 786 workers who were surveyed about their return to work after a burnout episode. Results: Restarting work at a new employer and especially getting supervisor support appeared beneficial, whereas remaining burnout symptoms, stressors in one’s private environment and – mostly – neuroticism hampered the quality of return to work. Conclusion: Given the high prevalence and important costs burnout entails, primary prevention alone proves insufficient. Current study findings inform on how to optimize the quality of reintegration in the workplace after a burnout episode, demonstrating that supportive managers and inclusive workplaces (i.e., open to hire applicants with a burnout history) are important levers for qualitative return to work, next to ensuring workers are not (so much) impaired by their burnout rest symptoms.
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Occupational Health, Burnout, Return to work, Rehabilitation, Recovery, Mental Health

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Rooman, Claudia, et al. “Successful Return to Work after Burnout : An Evaluation of Job, Person- and Private-Related Burnout Determinants as Determinants of Return-to-Work Quality after Sick Leave for Burnout.” DISABILITY AND REHABILITATION, 2021, doi:10.1080/09638288.2021.1982025.
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Rooman, C., Sterkens, P., Schelfhout, S., Van Royen, A., Baert, S., & Derous, E. (2021). Successful return to work after burnout : an evaluation of job, person- and private-related burnout determinants as determinants of return-to-work quality after sick leave for burnout. DISABILITY AND REHABILITATION. https://doi.org/10.1080/09638288.2021.1982025
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Rooman, Claudia, Philippe Sterkens, Stijn Schelfhout, Annelies Van Royen, Stijn Baert, and Eva Derous. 2021. “Successful Return to Work after Burnout : An Evaluation of Job, Person- and Private-Related Burnout Determinants as Determinants of Return-to-Work Quality after Sick Leave for Burnout.” DISABILITY AND REHABILITATION. https://doi.org/10.1080/09638288.2021.1982025.
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Rooman, Claudia, Philippe Sterkens, Stijn Schelfhout, Annelies Van Royen, Stijn Baert, and Eva Derous. 2021. “Successful Return to Work after Burnout : An Evaluation of Job, Person- and Private-Related Burnout Determinants as Determinants of Return-to-Work Quality after Sick Leave for Burnout.” DISABILITY AND REHABILITATION. doi:10.1080/09638288.2021.1982025.
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Rooman C, Sterkens P, Schelfhout S, Van Royen A, Baert S, Derous E. Successful return to work after burnout : an evaluation of job, person- and private-related burnout determinants as determinants of return-to-work quality after sick leave for burnout. DISABILITY AND REHABILITATION. 2021;
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C. Rooman, P. Sterkens, S. Schelfhout, A. Van Royen, S. Baert, and E. Derous, “Successful return to work after burnout : an evaluation of job, person- and private-related burnout determinants as determinants of return-to-work quality after sick leave for burnout,” DISABILITY AND REHABILITATION, 2021.
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Specifically, building on the Job Demands-Resources model and Effort-Recovery model, this study investigated determinants of the quality of return to work.
Material and Methods: Hierarchical regression analyses were conducted to evaluate the quality of reintegration among 786 workers who were surveyed about their return to work after a burnout episode.
Results: Restarting work at a new employer and especially getting supervisor support appeared beneficial, whereas remaining burnout symptoms, stressors in one’s private environment and – mostly – neuroticism hampered the quality of return to work.
Conclusion: Given the high prevalence and important costs burnout entails, primary prevention alone
proves insufficient. Current study findings inform on how to optimize the quality of reintegration in the
workplace after a burnout episode, demonstrating that supportive managers and inclusive workplaces
(i.e., open to hire applicants with a burnout history) are important levers for qualitative return to work,
next to ensuring workers are not (so much) impaired by their burnout rest symptoms.}},
  author       = {{Rooman, Claudia and Sterkens, Philippe and Schelfhout, Stijn and Van Royen, Annelies and Baert, Stijn and Derous, Eva}},
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  keywords     = {{Occupational Health,Burnout,Return to work,Rehabilitation,Recovery,Mental Health}},
  language     = {{eng}},
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  title        = {{Successful return to work after burnout : an evaluation of job, person- and private-related burnout determinants as determinants of return-to-work quality after sick leave for burnout}},
  url          = {{http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/09638288.2021.1982025}},
  year         = {{2021}},
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