Review of literature revealed that there is lack of empirical studies on the job burnout particularly among working mothers in Pakistan. The present study therefore examined the main causes and reasons of job burnout among working mothers in Pakistan. In this study, the lived experiences of working mothers in twin cities Islamabad and Rawalpindi towards stress and burnout were examined. This qualitative study interviewed 12 Pakistani working mothers. By using phenomenological method several themes and sub themes emerged which provided a description of the experience. Four themes work health factor, work overload, work environment, work family conflict and six sub themes emerged from the data. This work explores the reasons of the burnout among working mothers and provides recommendations for further examination. Interview results show that participants are going through the same level of stress at the certain stage.


Burnout, Work Environment, Work Family Conflict, Work Health Factor, Work Overload

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Syeda Faiza Gardazi is a student of MPhil Management Sciences at Quaid-i-Azam University, in the Department of Management Sciences, Pakistan. Faiza’s research focuses on work life balance, conflict management and education. Correspondence regarding this article can be addressed directly to: Syeda Faiza Gardazi at Faiza.gardazi@gmail.com.

Noor Mobeen is an Assistant Professor at Kind Saud University, in the Department of Extension and Rural Society, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. He received his PhD in Leadership, Education and Communications from Texas A&M University, College Station, Texas. He is responsible for sustainable agricultural practices and innovation in the area of rural development as well as the development of youth programs models. His research concentration includes youth leadership, education, and extension in the post conflict and developing countries. He is establishing a new global initiative program where he hopes to increase the number of undergraduate and graduate study abroad experiences to countries in the Middle East and Africa. Noor’s research focuses on terrorism, leadership factors among first-generation Middle Eastern Americans, and food security. Correspondence regarding this article can also be addressed directly to: Noor Mobeen, M.Ed.L, MBA, Ph.D., Assistant Professor

Leadership Development and Rural Education, Team Leader: Secondary Education and Evaluation Assessment Team, King Saud University, Riyadh 11451; Office: 467-8355; Tel: 0540012665; Email: nmobeen@ksu.edu.sa.

Syeda Ahsan Ali Gardazi is a student of BBA (Hons.) at Quaid-i-Azam University, in the Department of Management Sciences, Pakistan. Correspondence regarding this article can also be addressed directly to: Ahsan.ali.gardazi@gmail.com.

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