The present study aimed to evaluate the moderating role of burnout in the relationship between loss aversion and making a decision to suffer work overload. A total of 128 professionals over 18 years old inserted in the job market participated in the study, responding to a burnout measure and evaluating a work overload scenario. A loss aversion effect on the decision to suffer work overload was noted, although burnout did not moderate this relationship. Sociodemographic variables also did not influence decision making. This study highlights the heuristic potential of loss aversion as an automatic mechanism that can influence the decision to overwork at work. Thus, it is important pay attention to exposing individuals to decision-making processes, because this can impact negatively both the individual (in the short term) and the organization itself (in the medium and long term).
occupational stress; decision making; aversion.