Title: Keeping the spark alive: preventing burnout at work while increasing work engagement

Authors: Elif Bilginoğlu; Uğur Yozgat

Addresses: İstanbul, Turkey ' Faculty of Economics, Business and Social Sciences, Nisantasi University, İstanbul, Turkey

Abstract: Leaders who ignite spirit, encourage passion and light the spark in employees to create the fire in their work environment are called the 'sparking leaders'. This study investigates mainly the impact of sparking leaders on the employees' work engagement, burnout and intention to leave the organisation and on the other side the impact of self-efficacy on the burnout and intention to leave the organisation, additionally. This study was conducted in Istanbul on participants working mainly in healthcare sector. Data of 291 respondents were subjected to exploratory factor analysis, reliability and convergent/discriminant validity analyses, and path analysis using SPSS and LISREL. Findings revealed that sparking leadership, as evaluated by employees, predicted work engagement and decreased their burn out as well as their intention to leave the organisation. The findings also revealed that the self-efficacy of the employees played an important role on decreasing their burn-out and intention to leave the organisation.

Keywords: sparking leadership; work engagement; burnout; self-efficacy; intention to leave.

DOI: 10.1504/IJMP.2020.110697

International Journal of Management Practice, 2020 Vol.13 No.6, pp.698 - 712

Received: 18 Dec 2018
Accepted: 19 Dec 2019

Published online: 28 Oct 2020 *

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