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


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.

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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

No sign of burnout here.


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


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


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


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.


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 (160)
  • Michele wrote This month
    Hi mikecb1972,

    People respond to stress differently with some able to handle a lot more before the physical and psychologically effects start to take hold.

    Now that you are aware of the amount of stress in your life, you can put a plan in place to manage it.

    Start simply. integrating a walk into your daily schedule, taking mini breaks at work and making time to be with friends and family are examples of actions you can take to reduce stress.

    Mind Tools Team
  • mikecb1972 wrote This month
    I found that i am closer to burnout than I originally thought. I actually did not think i was even close to burn out
  • pl04 wrote This month
    My score was 18 which was surprising to me, as I am busy with work, home, church and now school. My shock was despise how I was feeling, my answers to the questions shows no burnout. My score was good, however it also indicates I am borderline of becoming a little burnout. I have to be careful and aware.
  • sister1 wrote This month
    Hi, I am 60 and I have know sign of burn out, thank you Jesus. I am in good health.In my life time I have learn to take care of myself. When you find yourself burnout or close to burnout, it is time to get out of what ever you are in. Live, Laugh, and Love.
  • mkozik1 wrote This month
    It feels funny taking some of these self-assessments as I don't really see my self in the condition to which it points. Most of my answers were rarely and yet I still scored a 35! Yes, there are times when one gets overwhelmed in the work place and with life in general, but that does not mean I need to run out to the doctor! Over what period of time should we be experiencing these feelings before believing there is a real problem?
  • Yolande wrote This month
    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.

    Mind Tools Team
  • Therron wrote This month
    My sore was a 35 and this is a pretty good score for me.
  • Victoria wrote This month
    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 month
    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 month
    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.
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