This special issue has produced an especially interesting set of articles, all of which have the goal of gaining some new insights into the relationship between burnout and engagement. Burnout is considered to be a negative experience at work, and work engagement a positive experience, but are they connected in some way? Are they the opposite sides of the same coin, the opposite endpoints of shared dimensions? Or are they more independent constructs, which have more unique and non-shared characteristics and correlates? Or, as Schaufeli and De Witte have framed the question for this special issue, is work engagement “real or redundant?”
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