Burnout Self-Test

Checking Yourself for Burnout

Burnout self-test

Act before it's too late, if you're at risk.

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Burnout occurs when passionate, committed people become deeply disillusioned with a job or career from which they have previously derived much of their identity and meaning. It comes as the things that inspire passion and enthusiasm are stripped away, and tedious or unpleasant things crowd in.

This tool can help you check yourself for burnout. It helps you look at the way you feel about your job and your experiences at work, so that you can get a feel for whether you are at risk of burnout.

Checking Yourself for Burnout

Instructions

For each question, click the radio button in the column that most applies. Then click the 'Calculate My Total' button to add up your score and check your result using the scoring table underneath.

Your last quiz results are shown.

You last completed this quiz on , at .

15 Statements to Answer

Not at All Rarely Sometimes Often Very Often
1 I feel run down and drained of physical or emotional energy.
2 I have negative thoughts about my job.
3 I am harder and less sympathetic with people than perhaps they deserve.
4 I am easily irritated by small problems, or by my co-workers and team.
5 I feel misunderstood or unappreciated by my co-workers.
6 I feel that I have no one to talk to.
7 I feel that I am achieving less than I should.
8 I feel under an unpleasant level of pressure to succeed.
9 I feel that I am not getting what I want out of my job.
10 I feel that I am in the wrong organization or the wrong profession.
11 I am frustrated with parts of my job.
12 I feel that organizational politics or bureaucracy frustrate my ability to do a good job.
13 I feel that there is more work to do than I practically have the ability to do.
14 I feel that I do not have time to do many of the things that are important to doing a good quality job.
15 I find that I do not have time to plan as much as I would like to.
Total = 0

Score Interpretation

Score Comment
15-18

No sign of burnout here.

19-32

Little sign of burnout here, unless some factors are particularly severe.

33-49

Be careful – you may be at risk of burnout, particularly if several scores are high.

50-59

You are at severe risk of burnout – do something about this urgently.

60-75

You are at very severe risk of burnout – do something about this urgently

See our article on Avoiding Burnout   if you think you might be at risk of it. See our article on Recovering From Burnout   if you think it might already have occurred.

Note:

This tool uses an informal approach to assessing burnout. While it may be intuitively useful, it has not been validated through controlled scientific tests and must therefore not be used as a diagnostic technique. Please, therefore, interpret the results with common sense. Also, make allowances for any recent events that may have a disproportionate influence on your mood at the time you take the test!

If you prefer rigorously validated tests, then the Maslach Burnout Inventory may be useful. This was developed by Christina Maslach, one of the leading researchers in the field of burnout. Copies can be purchased at the following site: https://www.cpp.com/en/detailprod.aspx?pc=35.

Warning: Stress can cause severe health problems and, in extreme cases, can cause death. While these stress management techniques have been shown to have a positive effect on reducing stress, they are for guidance only, and readers should take the advice of suitably qualified health professionals if they have any concerns over stress-related illnesses or if stress is causing significant or persistent unhappiness. Health professionals should also be consulted before any major change in diet or levels of exercise.

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Comments (155)
  • Yolande wrote Over an hour ago
    If your score indicated that you are close to burnout, it's necessary to take steps to prevent it. Seeing your doctor, making your workload lighter and taking better care of yourself physically and mentally are but some of the steps you can take.

    Yolandé
    Mind Tools Team
  • Therron wrote Over an hour ago
    My sore was a 35 and this is a pretty good score for me.
  • Victoria wrote Over an hour ago
    At a 41, I am walking a fine line between burning out and being close to it. I work myself hard and have long days that never seem to end. I am happy with the people I work with, but not the job itself. I am at a stand still with the promotion because I am at the top as a manager, however, I feel as if I need to go further for myself. I realize I need to cut back on the workload and focus on getting rest and relaxation in at some point.
  • Michael wrote This week
    I am alost at a burn out but i don't think it will happen. I have a great sup and she is always help understanding.
  • sgeruso wrote This week
    I have scored a 47, ouch!!! This is a "be careful of burnout" warning. I have felt for a while that I am more stressed than usual. I manage a Psychiatric facility and the Mental Health Associates that take care of the patients. It is the employees and not the patients that cause most of the stress. I am attempting to make changes, to better the facility, without causing to much stress on my employees. This is causing more stress on me. I am working through these stressors and now I have a number(47)to help me along with that.
  • Yolande wrote This week
    Take good care of yourself ssmith006 - burnout is no fun and difficult to recover from. Let your seniors know that you need help before it's too late. Sometimes if we don't say anything, they'll assume that everything is fine.

    Yolandé
    Mind Tools Team
  • ssmith006 wrote This week
    BE Careful, I'm close to burnout at my job. Many stress and not enough help.
  • Yolande wrote This week
    mokhoussine1, you are right that you need to take care of yourself - after all, you're the one who can do it best. You'll do yourself a favour and those around you as well. Remember, we can't give what we don't have and if there isn't anything left inside of you to give, then giving becomes an even more stressful situation.

    Yolandé
    Mind Tools Team
  • mokhoussine1 wrote This week
    I have a very demanding corporate job, im contantly on the go, meetings, webcasts, conference calls and travels. i used to workout 4 to 5 times a week prior to getting the promotion, it's been a year since I hit the gym, i feel drained and not taking care of myself.scoring 49 is alarming and it's a sign that I need to look after number one.
  • Yolande wrote This week
    Alicia, I'm sorry about your mom's passing - that must indeed be very tough to deal with. On top of it all you're also a caregiver to others and I assume you're working too. Please have a look at our blog post about caregivers: http://www.mindtools.com/blog/2015/05/01/cracks-start-to-show/
    Please also take care of yourself and your own health/well-being.

    Yolandé
    Mind Tools Team
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