Extra-role time, burnout, and commitment: The power of promises kept

Lori A. Brown, Michael E. Roloff

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This study examines the relationships of extra-role time (ERT) behavior with burnout and occupational commitment among teachers through the lens of conservation of resources (COR) theory. Results reveal that teachers who invest in more ERT are also more likely to experience burnout and decreased commitment to teaching than those who invest less. However, results also indicate that the ethical practice of the employer fulfilling the psychological contract (keeping promises) entered into with the teacher offsets this negative spiral with implications for both teacher well-being and workplace outcomes.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)450-474
Number of pages25
JournalBusiness Communication Quarterly
Issue number4
StatePublished - Dec 2011


  • burnout
  • commitment
  • conservation of resources
  • debate
  • ethics
  • extra-role time
  • promises
  • psychological contract
  • teachers

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Business and International Management
  • Business, Management and Accounting (miscellaneous)
  • Arts and Humanities (miscellaneous)
  • Economics, Econometrics and Finance (miscellaneous)


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