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A sense of belonging helps! The alleviating effect of national identification on burnout among diplomats
journal contributionposted on 2022-01-24, 10:02 authored by Ling Eleanor Zhang, Jakob Lauring, Ting Liu
Purpose – This paper aims to explore the interplay between burnout, national identity, and career satisfaction among diplomats. In particular, we focus on the roles of home and host country identification as an emotional resource for overcoming the negative effects of job-related burnout.
Design/methodology/approach – We use survey responses from 123 diplomats to assess the moderating role of home and host country identification on the relationship between burnout and career satisfaction.
Findings – We tested various combinations of high or low home or host country identification, and our findings suggest that the negative effect of burnout on career satisfaction is reduced for those individuals that have high identification with both the home and the host country, while this is not the case for other combinations. This points to the beneficial effects of dual national identifications even for diplomats – a group that would normally be expected to identify strongly with the home country alone.
Originality/value – No existing study that we know of has explored the relationship between burnout, national identity, and career satisfaction among diplomats or other types of expatriates. This is unfortunate because a better understanding of national identity could guide practitioners in finding ways to reduce the negative consequences of burnout in international organizations.
- Loughborough University London
Published inJournal of Global Mobility
Pages55 - 79
- AM (Accepted Manuscript)
Rights holder© Emerald
Publisher statementThis paper was accepted for publication in the journal Journal of Global Mobility and the definitive published version is available at https://doi.org/10.1108/JGM-06-2021-0063.