Burnout

Friendship in the Workplace

Friendship in the Workplace

Can Friends Buffer Us Against Burnout?

It is of no surprise that when the demands we feel at work are not met with the necessary resources to accomplish our tasks, we feel anxious, stressed, and are more likely to reach burnout. The impact of job demands on levels of burnout are powerful, and in these cases it’s important that we know where to turn in an attempt to buffer these effects. Fortunately, according to the buffer hypothesis, the negative effects of high job demands on well-being can be moderated by a variety of resources, one of them being social support and high-quality relationships (Bakker & Demerouti, 2007).