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Job Burnout

We all experience stress on the job. There are some days that nothing goes right and we can’t wait till the weekend. These experiences often pass and life brings us a “new day” with renewed energy. What we know as “burnout”, keeps us feeling like that “new day” may never come and if it does we have no energy left to experience it. Researchers define burnout as a syndrome that is more of a chronic condition with the following features:


Emotional exhaustion – growing sensation of having nothing left emotionally for outside activities as a result of intense job responsibilities.
Depersonalization – the tendency to treat co-workers, clients, or family members as objects, not as people.
Lowered personal productivity – working harder and harder with less productivity to show for it. Commonly called: “hitting the wall.”

When we experience “burnout”, symptoms of anxiety, stress, and depression often become apparent. To assess if you may be at risk for burnout, take the following self-assessment inventory:



How true are the following statements
(rarely true) 1 – 2 – 3 – 4 – 5  (usually true)

_______Lately, others have told me that I am insensitive

_______I often blame others when I have poor job performance

_______I can’t concentrate at my job like I used to

_______Most days I wake up not wanting go to work

_______I am unclear about the responsibilities of my job

_______I feel that there is a lack of communication between me and my superiors

_______I often do not get along with my co-workers

_______Sometimes I must compromise my values at my job

_______My workload is overwhelming

_______I feel that I need to accomplish every task with 100% accuracy

_______I push myself harder at my job even at the expense of my health suffering

_______My work is not challenging

_______I have a “why bother” attitude about my job

_______I still get tired even when I’ve gotten adequate sleep

_______I get irritable for no apparent reason

_______I have problems staying focused

_______I get sick (i.e.; migraine headache, stomach problems) more often then I used to

_______My friends tell me that I look depressed

_______I have thought a lot about looking for another job

_______I see no future in my present job

_______I rarely make time to exercise / work-out

_______I find myself using either drugs, gambling, or shopping, to cope with job stress

_______When I come home from work I always feel emotionally drained

_______I feel that I am working harder but getting fewer things done

_______I feel trapped in my job with no options



___________TOTAL SCORE

This scoring index should be used to suggest your risk for burnout.


25-50 = Low

51-75 = Moderate

76-100 = High

101-125 = Severe

If you have scored more than 70 you may want to call REACH to find ways to effectively treat burnout. Assistance is available!

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