The study examines emotional intelligence and job satisfaction as predictors of burnout among employees in manufacturing sector in Nigeria. It seeks to assess the influence of self-regulatory, self-consciousness and depersonalization on employeesâ€™ burnout. The study adopted Bar-onâ€™s trait theory and Golemanâ€™s competency theory in explaining how to satisfy an employee in an organization. Three hundred and fifty five (355) questionnaire were distributed for the data analysis and, Correlation and simple linear regression was used for hypothesis testing. The findings of the study showed that self-regulatory can reduce the rate of burnout among employees and self-consciousness have significant impact on burn out among the employees. The study concluded that the tools used in EI and job satisfaction are reliable. More investigations and research have to be undertaken to examine the role and effects of emotional intelligence on job satisfaction and job performance at different contexts and work settings as the resistance for a change is high and due to the major role EI plays in the success of organization. Furthermore, the study recommends that there is need for organisation to conduct training from time to time as it is a key to increase job satisfaction, job performance and more importantly, commitment to organization. This would help reduce the rate of burnout among employees.
Keywords: Emotional intelligence, Job satisfaction and Employeesâ€™ burnout.