Professor of Human Resource Management
Deputy Director - NZ Work Research Institute
Faculty of Business
Auckland University of Technolog

Dr Jarrod Haar (PhD) has tribal affiliations with Ngati Maniapoto and Ngati Mahuta. He is a Professor of Human Resource Management at Auckland University of Technology.

His research focuses on

  1. the 4-day week,
  2. work-family/work-life balance,
  3. Māori employees and Mātauranga Māori,
  4. leadership,
  5. wellbeing, and
  6. R&D, entrepreneurship, and innovation.

Professor Haar is a world-class ranked researcher under the New Zealand research system, has won Industry and best-paper awards; and multiple prestigious research grants (Marsden, FRST, Ngā Pae o te Māramatanga). He is currently a researcher on a 10-year National Science Challenge (Science for Technological Innovation) and is a co-leader of a 3-year Health Research Council grant (Wellbeing and the precariat). He has over 400 refereed outputs (including 121 journal articles) and serves on the Marsden Fund Council at the Royal Society of New Zealand and convenes the Economics and Human Behaviour Marsden panel. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of New Zealand and frequently comments in the media on issues around employee wellbeing.


The Challenge of Job Burnout

Job burnout is a perennial workplace issue and linked to detrimental outcomes for work (e.g., job performance) and well-being (e.g., depression, psychological complaints). It is a personal issue, a manager issue, and a business owner issue. Our understanding around the chances of having extreme burnout (i.e., burn-out risk) is limited in New Zealand. Professor Haar has been tracking job burnout across 2020 and 2021 and the results are stark: The odds of high burnt-out risk have increased massively. At the end of 2021, those rates are around one in three.

Jarrod’s presentation will have four components:

  1. What is job burnout and how can you identify it;
  2. Why we should care about job burnout;
  3. What are the causes of job burnout; and
  4. how can we manage it?

The presentation will draw on extensive New Zealand workforce data and includes interactive sessions where individuals can consider these factors and provide insights about managing burnout.