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Investigating occupational burnout of food and beverage employees: The case of Cyprus

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Abstract:

Purpose ‐ The purpose of this research is to investigate the burnout phenomenon in the food and beverage industry of Cyprus. The researchers aim to utilize the findings, first, to inform, thus educate, industry stakeholders as to the current status of the burnout phenomenon, and second, to develop and propose specific practical preventive measures that mitigate the burnout effects. Design/methodology/approach ‐ Following a comprehensive literature review, a questionnaire was developed and administered to a randomly identified sample of 1,000 food and beverage professionals in Cyprus. These included individuals currently holding full time positions, both at an operational and managerial level, in licensed food and beverage establishments in Cyprus. Findings ‐ It was found that food and beverage employees in Cyprus score slightly higher in the dimension of emotional exhaustion (34.3 percent), slightly higher in the diminished level of personal accomplishment (29.0 percent) and similar in the depersonalization dimension (25.1 percent) compared with their American counterparts. Originality/value ‐ The findings of this research activity may serve as a guide to others outside of the Cyprus specific environment, to investigate burnout within distinct hospitality environments.

Keywords: Cyprus; Hospitality services; Stress

Document Type: Research Article

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1108/00070700910992853

Publication date: September 5, 2008

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