Take a burnout test
Feelin' the blues a little too frequently? Can't find the motivation to work? You might be headed towards burnout. Our 10-question burnout test will help you understand where you stand on the road to burnout and how to deal with burnout at work.
😲 Wondering what your score means?
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No signs of burnout
Keep going as you were!
A few signs of burnout
Tackle what’s bothering you.
Watch out — some signs of burnout
Try to lessen your workload and reduce your stress.
At risk of burnout
Take some time off to re-centre.
At severe risk of burnout
You’re overwhelmed — begin recovery as soon as possible.
Disclaimer: This burnout test was created by Pause for informational purposes only and has not been validated through controlled scientific tests. This burnout test is not a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. Please talk to your physician or a qualified medical providers if you’re suffering from these symptoms too frequently. Call emergency services in the case of a medical emergency.
If you are looking for a rigorously validated scientific test, take a look at the Maslach Burnout Inventory. It was developed by one of the leading researchers of burnout, Christina Maslach. You can purchase copies of the test online.
What is burnout?
Burnout is a lot more than feeling down and sighing more than usual. It’s a state of emotional and physical exhaustion that affects every other aspect of your life, from family to social connections. It’s a cyclical phenomenon where stress balls up so much that it stops you from being a good *anything*.
🤔 What can you do about burnout at work?
Now that you’ve taken the test, you probably want to know how to recover from it this time and stave it off next time. Here’s what you can do to prevent burnout:
💡Reflect on why you're burnt out
If burnout was like the common cold, we’d have found a universal cure for it already. But it’s not — it’s highly subjective and arises from different situations for different people. We’ve collected a bunch of techniques to help you reflect on why you’re burnt out —
🌴 Take some time off
Time away from work gives you the headspace to re-evaluate your work life and bring back the balance. You’re able to clear your head, distance yourself from work stressors, and indulge what we like to call your “other” self — the person you are outside of work.
Say 'no' to overflowing task lists
Declining extra tasks when you’re recovering from burnout can help you prioritise urgent tasks and do only as much as you need to. There are many healthy ways to say “no” can offset the guilt you might feel while also setting boundaries. And that’s some great self-care right there!
Talk to your boss
Burnout affects organisations as much as it affects their employees, so talk to your boss about burnout. Tell them about your symptoms and brainstorm over a solution that can get you back up and running in good time. And if you can, push for systems that nip burnout in the bud.