7–9 November 2016: Conference & Tutorials
9–10 November 2016: Training
Amsterdam, The Netherlands

Dousing the fires of occupational burnout

Avleen Vig (Etsy)
11:50–12:30 Monday, 7/11/2016
Organizational infrastructure Organizational optimization E104/105/106 Audience level: Non-technical
Average rating: ****.
(4.72, 18 ratings)

What you'll learn

  • Understand occupational burnout and be better equipped to identify burnout in yourself and others
  • Gain exposure to a number of tools you can use to fight the negative effects of burnout and methods you can employ to prevent burnout from reaching its fullest potential


Occupational burnout is a concern for employees and employers. It is common across all industries and companies regardless of the number of employees, revenue, types of projects, or hours worked.

Burnout is also deceptive; often the person experiencing it doesn’t even realize they are in the middle of an episode. At best, a burned-out employee can work their way through it. At worst, they break friendships, burn bridges, and leave what would otherwise be happy employment with a trail of sadness in their wake.

Avleen Vig discusses the nature, causes, symptoms, and impacts of burnout, as well as ways to recover from it, covering research done by Maslach, Leiter, Freudenberger, and others and sharing his own experience with a recent, long-lasting episode of burnout. Avleen explores the various aspects felt during this time and how each relates to research on the topic. Avleen then explains what current research teaches about recovering and defending against occupational burnout, especially looking at methods to identify burnout in yourself and others and how to break the cycle before it’s too late.

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Avleen Vig


Avleen Vig is a staff operations engineer at Etsy, where he spends much of his time growing the infrastructure for selling knitted gloves and cross-stitch periodic tables. Before joining Etsy, Avleen worked at several large tech companies, including EarthLink and Google, as well as a number of small successful startups.