Burnout Self-Test

Checking Yourself for Burnout

Burnout self-test

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Are you at risk of burning out?

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 this site.

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Comments (267)
  • Over an hour ago Michele wrote
    Hi Gavin,

    The life of an entrepreneur is challenging, especially when you have given it your all and you believe that success is just within your grasp. With the physical symptoms you are describing, it is really important for you to focus on your health. Taking care of you is a priority.

    Mind Tools Team
  • Over an hour ago Gavin wrote
    I am an entrepreneur that has been working on my eponymous brand for three years now. We re-launched our product 4 months ago, it hasn't gone as expected. I've sacrificed so much, including my life savings. I've lived on a couch at my office for over 1 year now. The problems seem insurmountable and I have a constant feeling of indigestion, chest pain, headaches and neck pain. There is so much potential in what we have built, and it may require just a few changes to finally see it take off. Yet I don't have the energy or drive to keep it going, but then, I feel I've sacrificed so much that I must continue, but I don't have the energy... but I must keep going because I've sacrificed so much - and the vicious cycle continues.
  • This month Michele wrote
    Hello MissChef,

    You are in a very tough situation. Working a 14+ hour day every day is not sustainable and will lead to burnout. The decision for you is to determine if continuing this pace is worth the risks. Do take care of yourself.

    Mind Tools Team
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