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Current changes in the labor market and specially those given in the universities have manifested new psychosocial-type risks that impact the physical health and mental health of the academic staff in these schools, deriving into the known “burnout syndrome”.

We identified some intra-labor psychosocial risk factors that provide the development and the prevalence of “burnout syndrome” in these professionals from some Latin American countries like: Colombia, Venezuela, Argentina, and Mexico. It was concluded that certain specific aspects of the organization of work and its implementation such as: multiplicity of tasks, labor overburden, inadequate spaces, lack of time, and adequate remuneration to compensate efforts are some of the principal psychosocial risks that contribute to the later development and prevalence of the syndrome in this population.


Carla Cristina Botero Alvarez

Psicóloga, diplomada en Comportamiento Organizacional y aspirante al título de Especialista en Gerencia del Talento Humano UPB. Actual pasante del Grupo de Estudios Empresariales, Linea de RSE y Gestión Humana (GEE- UPB). Asesora de dos empresas Caleñas en lo referente a la Gestión Estratégica del Talento Humano
Botero Alvarez, C. C. (2013). Work-related psychosocial risk and “burnout” in academic personnel of some latin american countries. Cuadernos De Administración, 28(48), 118–133.