JDR-Model English

The Job Demands – Resources (JD-R) Model is a scientific, evidence-based model that assumes that every employee is confronted with job characteristics that consume energy (job demands) but also with energizing job characteristics (job resources).

The combination of job demands and job resources determines the level of energy that employees experience. When the balance between demands and resources is negative and work costs more energy than it provides, this will cause stress and may eventually lead to burnout. On the other hand, when the balance is positive, it will lead to engagement at work. 

Engaged employees are dedicated, committed, loyal pro-active, and will go the extra mile. In short, they are motivated, feel strong and healthy, and perform well. In contrast, when employees are burned-out they feel exhausted and distressed, are cynical, and at risk for sickness absence. In short, they are not motivated, feel weak and unhealthy and perform poorly.  

Why is a positive energy balance important?

  • 50% less sickness absence
  • 18% higher productivity
  • 30 to 50% less employee turnover
  • Up to 50% increase in customer orientation and satisfaction
  • Up to 10% more revenues


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