WORK-LIFE BALANCE / SEP. 05, 2014
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Are You Experiencing Job Burnout? Test Yourself

In my previous article, entitled "What is Burnout? Inform Yourself", I explained what burnout is, what are its causes and outcomes, and what are some ideas on how to recover from it. If you want to inform yourself about burnout and why burnout is a serious condition, I suggest to read that article. If you want to discover whether you are at a risk of experiencing burnout, then I suggest you complete this questionnaire that was developed by MindTools. 

Instructions

For each question, indicate the extent to which it applies to you, on a scale ranging from 1 (not at all) to 5 (very often). 

Questionnaire

 

Not at all

Rarely

Some

times

Often

Very often

1. Do you feel run down and drained of physical or emotional energy?

1

2

3

4

5

2. Do you find that you are prone to negative thinking about your job?

1

2

3

4

5

3. Do you find that you are harder and less sympathetic with people than perhaps they deserve?

1

2

3

4

5

4. Do you find yourself getting easily irritated by small problems, or by your co-workers and team?

1

2

3

4

5

5. Do you feel misunderstood or unappreciated by your co-workers?

1

2

3

4

5

6. Do you feel that you have no one to talk to?

1

2

3

4

5

7. Do you feel that you are achieving less than you should?

1

2

3

4

5

8. Do you feel under an unpleasant level of pressure to succeed?

1

2

3

4

5

9. Do you feel that you are not getting what you want out of your job?

1

2

3

4

5

10. Do you feel that you are in the wrong organization or the wrong profession?

1

2

3

4

5

11. Are you becoming frustrated with parts of your job?

1

2

3

4

5

12. Do you feel that organizational politics or bureaucracy frustrate your ability to do a good job?

1

2

3

4

5

13. Do you feel that there is more work to do than you practically have the ability to do?

1

2

3

4

5

14. Do you feel that you do not have time to do many of the things that are important to doing a good quality job?

1

2

3

4

5

15. Do you find that you do not have time to plan as much as you would like to?

1

2

3

4

5

 Scoring

To score the questionnaire, add up all the circled numbers. Here is what your score means:

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

In the case you are experiencing burnout, take this seriously. Burnout should not be taken lightly as it can impact all areas of your life. First thing you can do is to stop working for a while. This will give you some time to recuperate. However, in order to heal, you must do more than this. Learn a relaxation technique, make sure you have social support, learn how to manage your time, talk to your employer, re-evaluate your work-related values. If none of this helps, visit a psychologist. Remember that your health is more important than your job. 

 

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