The Level of Job Stress and Burnout across employees of six sectors in Indian Organisations

Rajesh J Irudhaya

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The economic recession in 2008 followed by a period of slow economic recovery and continuous volatile economic environment has apparently affected every sphere of Indian economy. The impact is so real that India cannot but revamp the business strategies in order to stay afloat and vibrant. Consequently, any financial instability directly affects the employees in the organizations in the form of work overload and job insecurity, which can increase stress and burnout among the employees. Therefore against the backdrop of slow recovery period in the aftermath of the 2008 recession, this study explored the level of job stress and burnout experienced by the employees across sectors, namely, I.T, health care, hospitality, educational, manufacturing and public-service sectors in India. Apparently, this study found that the Indian employees were overall moderately stressed and burned out. While health care and manufacturing sector employees experienced high amount of job stress and burnout, the educational and public-service sector employees reported lesser job stress and burnout comparatively. Hence, this study is of great help for the managerial practitioners to assess the level of stress and burnout spread across Indian sectors and take preventive measures against stress and burnout in a continuing atmosphere of economic instability
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)29-36
Number of pages8
JournalJournal of Organization and Human Behaviour
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 2016
Externally publishedYes


  • job stress
  • job burnout
  • India
  • recession


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