The impact of short overseas business trips on job stress and burnout

Mina Westman*, Dalia Etzion

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The present paper examines the impact of overseas business trips on job stress and burnout in 57 employees (45 males; 12 females) of high-tech companies who travel abroad as part of their job. The mean age of participants was 34 years and mean seniority on the job was four years. Participants were employed by six high-tech companies and had gone abroad on business trips as part of the job. Participants completed self-report questionnaires assessing their job stress and burnout at three points in time: 10 days prior to going abroad (pre-trip), during their stay abroad (mid-trip), and one week after their return (post-trip). The main hypothesis was that overseas business trips have an impact on job stress and burnout. We hypothesised that levels of job stress and burnout are lower after the business trips. Results show that the differences in stress and burnout level before and after the business trips were significant. Although participants worked hard during their trip, they experienced a decline in job stress and burnout after returning home.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)582-592
Number of pages11
JournalApplied Psychology
Issue number4
StatePublished - Oct 2002


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