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 (115)
  • Michele wrote This week
    Hi Hillz,

    Working in the education field is demanding, especially if you are dedicated to your profession.

    As a start I encourage you to read the articles Avoiding Burnout and Recovering Burnout mentioned in this resource. Both provide ideas to help you better manage the stress in your life.

    It is very important that you take care of "you" and to seek support. The forums are a good place to receive coaching and advice. It is a friendly and safe place to discuss issues. Please consider joining us in the Career Cafe Central. You can find us here:


    We hope to see you over there.

  • Hillz wrote This week
    Not surprised at my score of 51. I was off work with stress last year for 3 months been back for 7 months now...and feel totally lost but not sure where to turn...scared even... Due to the environment I work in..education... It's hard to move on. Been there for 13 years
  • Yolande wrote This week
    Thanks for sharing your score and also a bit about your personal experience, André.

    Mind Tools Team
  • Yolande wrote This week
    Hi tonyirvine

    It doesn't sound as if you've rested enough if you dread returning to work and its challenges. Seeing that you are a Club member, you're welcome to make use of the Stress Support Group. The link is over here: http://www.mindtools.com/forums/viewtopic.php?f=2&t=8611 Describe your situation to us by posting a reply and we'll be more than happy to help and support as much as we can.

    Mind Tools Team
  • Andre' wrote This week
    total was a 55. this comes as no surprise at all. i already had a stroke once but i didnt leave the job, now another health issue has caused me to quit. i hate i had to experience something like that to make me quit but now i am glad that i did and i do not plan on going back at all
  • tonyirvine wrote This month
    OK score of 62.I felt drained and could not articulate instructions to my staff properly before I left for holiday last week. Dreading returning tomorrow as know the stress levels will quikly rise. Need to do something quick
  • Michele wrote This month
    Hi vschwartz,

    Having a plan and being able to see a point in time where stress relief will kick in helps to keep your perspective positive. Until you complete your degree, find ways to take care of yourself.

    Mind Tools Team
  • vschwartz wrote This month
    I am not surprised as to my score of 52. Being in sales with not much support from your company causes a lot of unwanted stressful factors. Being overloaded with more paperwork than time to complete it along with expectations of dropping everything to complete conference calls etc cause a lot of my stress. The only great thing is I am finishing my degree to get a new job. There is light at the end of the tunnel you have to revaluate where and how to get there.
  • cfrink wrote This month
    Scored 37. I am on my way to burning out - planning a vacation! Its the job ... may be feeling burnt out simply by being around people who are burnt out ???
  • ecurran007 wrote This month
    As I assumed, there is a low risk of burnout for me. I am fortunate to have a work-life balance that still allows free time outside of work, school, and other personal endeavors.
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