Wilmar B. Schaufeli (Distinguished state of the art talk)

Professor of Occupational Health Psychology
Belgium and Utrecht University, The Netherlands


Wilmar Schaufeli is full professor of Work and Organizational Psychology at Utrecht University (The Netherlands) and emeritus distinguished research professor at KU Leuven (Belgium). He is a prolific, Highly Cited Researcher, ranking among the top 1% in the field of psychology and psychiatry (www.wilmarschaufeli.nl). Dr. Schaufeli is a fellow of the European Academy of Occupational Health Psychology, a licensed occupational health psychologist, and also works part-time as an organizational consultant.


Title of talk:
Burnout and engagement: About advances and annoyances

The concepts of burnout and work engagement have sparked a lot of research in occupational health psychology and beyond. From the outset I have been actively involved in this endeavor. Meanwhile, since the late 1980s tens of thousands scholarly publications have appeared on the subject. This has resulted in an impressive body of knowledge, which not only significantly advanced our understanding of employee health and wellbeing but is also successfully applied in organizations, particularly in Europe. Nevertheless, there are also personal annoyances about failures, flaws and lapses that obstruct the accumulation of valuable and relevant knowledge on employee health and wellbeing. In this state-of-the-art lecture, these advances as well as annoyances are discussed.