|dc.description.abstract||Employees in the fast moving consumer goods (FMCG) industry are at risk of experiencing high
levels of stress and burnout. Females are especially even more at risk due to their work-load as
well as home-life balance and child rearing responsibilities which could have a spill over effect at
work. Although sources of stress vary for employees due to their work as well as life experiences,
it could still result in negative and detrimental outcomes in their personal as well as professional
lives. Stress could further lead to burnout, resulting in an employee developing a lack of personal
accomplishment, emotional exhaustion (the extent to which emotional resources are depleted), as
well as depersonalisation (negative, cynical attitudes and feelings towards others).
This study highlights the significant relationship between occupational stress and burnout as
experienced by males and females working in a factory in the Western Cape.
A sample of 120 employees was selected from a population of 1000 workers in the fast moving
consumer goods industry. For this study, a quantitative research was undertaken, which involved
the use of a probability sampling method. The measuring instruments included the Experience of
Work and Life Circumstances Questionnaire (WLQ) for stress and the construct burnout was
measured with the Maslach Burnout Inventory Human Service (MBI) respectively.
Results were obtained by using the Pearson Correlation Coefficient, Analysis of Variance
(ANOVA) and T-tests. Permission to conduct this research study on employees was obtained from
the management of the factory. Informed consent, as well as anonymity and confidentiality of the
employees' responses were ensured.||